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Los Angeles Dodgers: Where Should Michael Young Play?

The Los Angeles Dodgers went out and got Michael Young off waivers from the Phillies recently and now they have an issue. Where are they going to play him? In the infield you have Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Nick Punto, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe. That’s five players for four positions.

Young is getting older and can’t play every day, so there is always the option of playing him on other players off days. Well you will run into an issue there, when no one needs a day off. If I am Don Mattingly and the Dodgers, you have to play Young at third base as much as possible. Young is a lot better defender than Uribe is, and they can both come up with some timely hits. Young has been a great leader before in Texas and I believe he can be that guy again in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers can play Young at third base and bat him fifth every chance they get and have a better lineup than having Uribe in the game. Uribe could be a great bat off the bench in the late innings if needed. Young doesn’t matter where he plays, or how much, as long as he wins. The thing is the Dodgers have a better chance of winning with him on the field.

Don’t be stupid Mattingly, get Young on the field as much as possible.

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  • Jim S.

    Ryan, to state that Michael Young is a much better defensive 3rd baseman than Juan Uribe is just not true–at least this year.
    Here are the numbers: Uribe 106 games played, 3 errors, fielding % .987. Michael Young: 99 games played at 3rd with Phillies, 9 errors, fielding % .961. Plus no real advantage in range for Young over Uribe.
    Uribe has been universally praised this year for his stellar glove work at 3rd and is in the running for a gold glove. It has been about 2 months since his last error.
    There may be reasons the Dodgers should play Young at 3rd instead of Uribe, but defense is not one of them.
    Uribe and Young have had similar years with the bat, plus Uribe has been in synch with Ramirez at SS and has developed great chemistry with his infield teammates.
    Dodgers need to be careful, to not disrupt a good thing, by forcing Young into the equation.