MLB Playoffs: Delmon Young Named ALCS MVP Behind New MLB and Tigers Records

By Chris Katje
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

After a decisive 8-1 win over the New York Yankees, the Detroit Tigers have punched their ticket to the 2012 World Series. The Tigers first World Series trip since 2006 comes on the heels of great pitching and an amazing offense led by Delmon Young in the ALCS. Young took home the ALCS MVP Thursday night after once again hitting the game winning RBI.


In Game 4 of the ALCS, Young hit a first inning single that scored Omar Infante. The Tigers would not look back from the lead. Game 4 marked the fourth time this series that Young hit the game winning RBI, which is a new MLB record. Young had game winning RBIs in each of the four Tiger victories, including his game saving 12th inning Game 1 double. Earlier this series, Young set a new Tigers franchise record by hitting his seventh postseason homerun in a Tigers uniform.


For his efforts, Young was rewarded the ALCS MVP trophy after Thursday’s sweep of the Yankees. Young finished the ALCS with two home runs, and six RBIS. A TBS announcer even pointed out the fact that Young’s RBI total matched the number of runs scored by the Yankees in the entire series against the Tigers.


Young was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Throughout his MLB career, Young has played for the Devil Rays, Minnesota Twins, and Tigers. Young’s first career hit was a home run back in 2006. Coincidentally, Young’s first regular season and postseason at bats for the Tigers consisted of home runs for the newly crowned ALCS MVP.


The MVP award is a great comeback story for the player who was arrested back in April. Young was released on a $5,000 bond after his aggravated harassment arrest. The Tigers star was suspended by MLB a total of seven games. Young’s case is still pending, with a court date scheduled for November 7th, 2012.  


Young will hope to precede that court date with a World Series victory. The Tigers star hit .333 against the St. Louis Cardinals with two RBIs in nine at bats. Young did not face the San Francisco Giants during the 2012 season. Young is hitting a combined .294 in the 2012 postseason.

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