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Young Apologizes For Outburst

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

TORONTO - If Joe Maddon and Delmon Young didn't hash out their differences Sunday, it would have been a long time before they had another opportunity to do so.

Maddon had no interest in letting any ill will linger that long, but he also wasn't going to seek out his rookie outfielder a day after pulling him from a game for failing to run out a ground ball. He wanted Young to come to him, and the 22-year-old did Sunday morning.

Maddon again laid out the reasoning behind the move, telling Young he didn't want to do it but felt he had to, and Young apologized. Young's contrition prompted Maddon to find a way to get him into Sunday's game, sending him out to replace Greg Norton in right field for the bottom of the sixth inning. That allowed Young, who said angrily Saturday that he was 'shutting it down' for the season, to play in all 162 games this year.

'Had he not come in and seen me today, I would not have done that,' Maddon said.

With their conversation concluded, Maddon hoped the issue had been put to rest.

'It's behind us, and I never want to see that come up again, and now we're going to move forward,' he said. 'Because it reflects upon the whole organization, and there's been so many positives that have occurred of late, I don't want this to be the parting shot for the year.'

Young also was in the mood to look forward, not back.

'It happened Saturday,' he said of the incident. 'We really don't need to talk about any of this no more. End of conversation.'

Young acknowledged later that he had learned 'a lot' in his first full season in the majors. Did what happened Saturday teach him anything in particular?

'Do things that won't tick people off,' he said.

One element of the defense Young offered Saturday that didn't go over well with the Rays was his assertion that he's 'not the only one' who hasn't run out every ball lately.

'It has nothing to do with anybody else,' Maddon said. 'This was all about Delmon Saturday. ... If I have any problems with anybody else, I talk to them specifically, privately, and I've done that on different occasions, just like I've done with him. That's the way I like to do business.'

Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman was fine with the way the situation was handled. He noted that Maddon doesn't burden his players with a long list of hard-and-fast rules, but running hard to first base is one everyone knows exists.

'Joe and the coaches don't ask a tremendous amount of the guys, other than some things that are very important for them in how they want this organization represented,' said Friedman. 'I think this shows that if those things aren't done properly, then you won't play.'

Once everyone was back on the same page, Young became the seventh rookie since 1961 to play in all of his team's games. He finished the season with a .288 batting average, 38 doubles, 13 homers and 93 RBIs, and his 186 hits broke Rocco Baldelli's Rays record. He is one of only eight rookies in the past 50 years to reach 180 hits and 90 RBIs, with Albert Pujols (2001) the most recent member of that club.

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