Tigers DH Delmon Young wins ALCS MVP award

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Just don’t expect much of an answer if you ask him to explain his postseason success.

“I have no clue,” he said. “I need to figure it out for the season, too.”

Playing in the postseason for the fourth straight year, the 27-year-old Young drove in as many runs as the Yankees scored in the entire ALCS.

Now, he’s headed to his first World Series.

“That was thanks to our starting pitchers,” Young said. “They carried us the whole playoffs so far, making it easy on the offense by putting up zeros on the board.”

Young’s bat is crucial to the Tigers because he hits right behind Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, providing protection for both star sluggers.

Big league success runs in the family, too.

Dmitri Young was a .292 career hitter who played in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit and Washington from 1996-2008. The former slugger, who is 12 years older than Delmon, had a great view of his kid brother’s home run during a 2-1 victory in Game 3. Watching Delmon play in Detroit for the first time, Dmitri was in the 25th row behind home plate. He captured video of the solo shot, starting with the crack of the bat.

“I put my phone up and bam!” the elder Young said with an ear-to-ear grin. “I’m real proud of him.”

The next game, Dmitri watched his younger brother play on TV.

“He stepped up and helped the team do what they were supposed to do, doing what he does best in big-time, big-light situations,” Dmitri Young told the AP. “Most people were writing him off during the year, but he proved people wrong _ again.”

The elder Young was the 2007 NL comeback player of the year after bouncing back from personal, professional, legal and substance-abuse problems to hit a career-best .320 and become an All-Star for the second time.

Dmitri Young said he stopped drinking alcohol on June 21, 2011, and has lost 80 pounds. After watching his brother play in the World Series, he will focus on the California Big League Academy Da Meathook Switch Hitting University in in Camarillo, Calif.

“I’m healthy and that’s the most important thing to me,” he said.


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