Thursday, April 27, 2006

B.J. Upton Reprimands Suspended Delmon Young

Tampa Bay super prospect B.J. Upton directed a clubhouse tirade against fellow prospect Delmon Young, who has been suspended indefinitely after throwing a bat in the direction of an umpire Wednesday after the umpire ejected him during an AAA game at Durham, N.C. Upton warned Young that he was not only hurting the team but his prospects for advancement to the majors. Young, 21, is beside himself with exasperation because of the Rays decision to keep him in Durham to prevent starting his service time and advancing his contract arbitration date. Rays front office executives not only want Young to waste away in Durham, they want him to like it. But the more furious Young becomes, the more he is compared to troubled former major leaguer Albert Belle.