At one point and time during his career, former Major League Baseball player Dmitri Young was one of the heaviest players to ever grace a baseball diamond. That didn’t stop him from having a successful career however as Young, who played professionally for 13-seasons retired with a .292 average.
Of course, on the base paths and in the outfield Young was a less than adequate fielder. That’s not to say he couldn’t handle what he was able to get his hands on, but pressing 300-pounds at a time, he was a liability on the defneisve side of the ball which is why he was eventually moved into the infield.
A 2007 All-Star, Young played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals though it’s likely few who saw the Oxnard native play would recognize him in his current state.
Dedicating himself to getting in better shape, Young has lost over 100-pounds and looks like a shell of his former self, literally.
With many people not recognizing him, Dmitri Young decided to wear a hat (as you can see in the above photo) which presets his former likeness to those who don’t believe it’s actually him.
Young has been battling diabetes and substance abuse issues since his playing days came to an end but it looks like the former All-Star is on the right path.
Retiring after the 2008 season, Dmitri Young finished his career with 171 home runs, 683 RBI and the previously mentioned .292 average. He also won the 2007 Comeback Player of the Year award.