Something else went down. There are lots of guys slumping, and the Tigers DFA’d Spurling earlier in the day to free up a roster spot for Maroth. This had something to do with what transpired in today’s game, or during the rain delay.
I'm not buying it either and I doubt anyone is. I'm sure the media and the internet will be filled with juicy speculation in no time. And I'm confident that we'll hear the angle that Young caused the team's collapse by ruining team chemistry. There might be something to the chemistry angle but my feeling is that if one guy caused a 76-36 team to go 9-19 by his presence, then the team was not very good in the first place.
Although I don't believe the performance related excuse, his performance has not been very good the past month after a hot start coming off substance abuse rehab. This move means that they won't have Young batting third and that he'll be replaced by Marcus Thames who had disappeared from the regular line-up after an excellent first half and a July slump. For the year, Young was batting .254/.298/.414 and Thames is hitting .265/.337/.578. That looks like a good trade off to me.