Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Carlos Delgado!!!
Don’t ask me why, but I was listening to a Blue Jays game the other day on the radio. During the game, they were talking about the team’s all-time home run leaders. Jose Bautista had just become the team’s 6th all-time home runs leader and will more than likely land in the 5th spot by the end of the season. And based on his track record, Bautista will end up in second place by the end of the 2014 baseball season.
Who ranks in first place on that list?
The topic of tonight’s Hall of Fame Debate – Carlos Delgado!
Delgado was by all definitions, a slugger. His ability to crush 450-ft home runs on a regular basis are just some of the highlights he offered up during his 17-season big league career.
Delgado smacked 473 home runs during his playing days, including eight seasons with 30-39 round-trippers and three more with at least 40 or more. He made the most of these opportunities – driving in 1,512 runs. He amassed nine seasons of 100 RBI and achieved the famed 30/100 season in each of those nine seasons.
While Delgado was known primarily for his power numbers, he was far from one-dimensional. He was career .280 hitter with a lifetime on-base percentage of .383. He hit .300 or better in three different seasons and had seven seasons of 150 or more hits.
Delgado was a 2-time All-star and the winner of three Silver Slugger Awards. He finished in the Top 10 for the MVP award on four occasions.
In 17 seasons, Delgado made it to one NLCS in 2006 with the New York Mets. He never appeared in the World Series.
So, is Carlos Delgado Hall of Fame worthy? Does he deserve a plaque in Cooperstown?
Man this is a tough one – this guy was so productive and he did his job at an elite level for a lengthy amount of time. Hell, he had more 30/100 seasons that other notable sluggers like Jim Rice (4), Dave Winfield (3), Andre Dawson (3), and Gary Sheffield (8).
But, while Delgado was a solid player that contributed to his team in more ways that just driving in runs and delivering long-balls, he was not elite in any other aspects of the game. Carlos Delgado was solid hitter and a very good defender.
Is he Hall of Fame worthy??
In my opinion, ‘No’. I like him, always have. I’d like his production on my team. But, to be considered amongst the best in the sport’s history, you have to be considered an elite talent during your time. And while some of his numbers were elite – not enough of an impact in the other areas leaves him short of getting my vote.
How about you? What do you think about Carlos Delgado’s Hall of Fame potential? Does he get your vote??
Let me hear it.