Thursday, August 31, 2006

ChiSox Skipper Ozzie Guillen Lauds Delmon Young

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, following Chicago's defeat by lowly Tampa Bay on Thursday, pronounced 20-year-old Devil Rays rookie Delmon Young a "future Hall of Famer." Young, batting .727 since being called up at the end of August, went 4-5 to help bring down Chicago, 5-3. "I think this kid is the real deal," Guillen said after the game. Young, finally called up from the Durham Bulls after a year in which he tarnished his reputation with a 50-game suspension for throwing a bat at an umpire, has been hailed as the most promising prospect in baseball. His brother Dmitri Young, who plays for the Tigers, has been exhorting his younger sibling to punish the White Sox to help Detroit maintain its first place lead in the American League Central Division.

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