The other day in the PNC Diamond Club prior to going on the air with Nats Talk Live, someone asked me if I knew what Dmitri Young was up to. I didn't, but promised to find out.
Well, I'm happy to report that the former Nats' Comeback Player-of-the-Year is still involved in the game as Vice President and Senior Advisor of Baseball Operations for the Frontier League's Oakland County Cruisers. The Frontier League is an independent circuit with 12 teams, located predominantly in the Midwest. There's even a Washington team in the league - the Washington Wild Things, who play out of Washington, PA.
The Cruisers play out of Waterford, MI, not too far from Detroit where Dmitri spent four seasons with the Tigers. Former big league pitcher Tim Birtsas (Reds & A's, 1985-90) is also involved in running the ballclub.
One of Dmitri's duties is coaching the hitters, and it's a cinch the .292 career switch-hitter over 13 big league seasons has a lot of wisdom to impart. The ballclub is also making him available for private hitting lessons for amateur players 8-18 years of age in the Waterford area.
Dmitri's time with the Nationals provided several memorable moments, and perhaps the Cruisers' position will get him started on the road back to the big leagues as an instructor.