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Did You Know…

The Blue Jays record for home runs by a pair of teammates in a single season was set in 1999 when Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green connected for 86 home runs.  Delgado hit 44 and Green launched 42.

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Carlos Delgado!!!

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.

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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.

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How about you?  What do you think about Carlos Delgado’s Hall of Fame potential?  Does he get your vote??

Let me hear it.

Did You Know…

The career leader in home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays franchise is Carlos Delgado.  Delgado clubbed 336 home runs while playing for the Jays.  The second place player on the list is Vernon Wells with 223.

Carlos Delgado Retires From Major League Baseball

Carlos Delgado Retires From Major League Baseball

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)—Carlos Delgado(notes) officially gave up Wednesday on coming back from a hip injury, announcing his retirement from baseball two years after he was sidelined with 473 career home runs.

The former New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays first baseman announced his decision at a news conference in his native Puerto Rico.

“There comes a moment when you have to have the dignity and the sense to recognize that something is not functioning,” the 38-year-old said. “You can’t swim against the current.”

The two-time All-Star played 17 major league seasons and finished with a .280 career batting average. He played for the Blue Jays from 1993-2004, went to the Florida Marlins for a season and finished out his career with the Mets from 2006-09.

Delgado stopped playing in the majors in May 2009 and had two hip surgeries in nine months. He signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox in summer 2010 and played five games for Triple-A Pawtucket, going 3 for 13 with no extra-base hits and six strikeouts.

Dressed in a navy blue suit and a bright green tie, Delgado remained jovial throughout a speech that drew tears from many in the audience, including former teammate Carlos Baerga.

The pain that usually struck every training session was too much to endure, Delgado said.

“And this coming from a man who had nine operations,” he said. “It is a sad moment as a human being and athlete that some of your abilities aren’t what they once were.”

Delgado won the Hank Aaron Award in 2000, the Silver Slugger Award in 1999, 2000 and 2003, and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2006.

Delgado had one of his best seasons with Toronto in 2003, hitting .302 with 145 RBIs and 42 home runs to finish second to Alex Rodriguez(notes) for the AL MVP award. His only postseason appearance came in 2006, when the Mets lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL championship series.

Delgado, who received a rocking chair with a plaque that read: “Puerto Rico Home Run King,” said he will dedicate the next six months to his wife and young son and daughter before becoming involved in baseball at a local level.

Lou Melendez, vice president of international affairs for Major League Baseball, said he was looking forward to working with Delgado.

“I have a partner who will help me promote baseball in Puerto Rico,” he said.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells(notes) played with Delgado in Toronto from 1999-2004.

“I think it’s unfortunate, just because he’s so close to 500 home runs. I would have liked to see him get to that number. It’s one of the harder ones to get to. To be part of the 500 club would have been special to him,” Wells said Wednesday before the Angels played Cleveland.

“If not for the amount of time he played and the strain that you put on your body, he’d have been way past it. But I think he’s proven everything he needed to prove, as far as being one of the best power hitters of his generation. He had some of the most impressive pop that you’ll see in a ballplayer—to all fields. And when he hit the ball, it wasn’t coming down.”

Wells credited Delgado with his rise to becoming an All-Star in the majors.

“He was instrumental in me getting going in my career and helping me becoming the player I am now. He taught me pitchers’ tendencies and different things,” he said.

“Once I was playing every day in 2002, we started to develop a relationship where we could talk about anything and everything,” Wells said. “He didn’t talk much about himself. I think that started with his dad and his upbringing. He loved to play the game and you never heard a bad thing about him. He always had a smile on his face and he was a good person to be around.”

Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez has known Delgado since the star was in high school.

“At this point and under the circumstances, I think it’s good for him to concentrate on the other aspects of his life,” he said before the Marlins played in Atlanta. “One thing for sure, he’s one of the guys who stayed clean his whole career. That’s a plus.”

AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Atlanta contributed to this report.

My First Time – Carlos Delgado – October 1, 1993

My First Time – Carlos Delgado – October 1, 1993

The Setting – Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  Baltimore, MD.

From Delgado – “Me and Huck Flener went up together, I finally got in against Baltimore, and I walked against a right-hander.  The next day I popped out, and that was it for my first big league season!  I had to wait all winter to try and make the team again in the Spring and get my first hit.” 

The Boxscore – Orioles 7, Blue Jays 2.  Delgado goes hitless, but draws a walk.

FINAL UPDATE: Baseball Milestones To Look Forward To In 2009.

In the final installment of this post for the 2009 baseball season, I wanted to provide a quick recap of how these guys did in their pursuit of baseball history.  For this recap, all notes will be in GREEN.

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I thought it would be a good time to review what potential baseball milestones were in line for us to witness during the 2009 season.  I originally posted this blog on April 2nd as I was getting prepared for what looked like could be a very historic season.

I will leave the entire post in tact and will just add new comments in RED.

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As every new season begins I cannot help but hope that we will see baseball history made.  So with that, I bring to you a list of possible historical events that can take place during the 2009 baseball season.

Wish these guys luck!!!

Randy Johnson is 5 wins away from the magical 300 wins milestone.  He also needs 211 strikeouts to become  the second pitcher to reach 5,000 K’s.  Johnson has secured win #300 of his career and has not looked back since.  Now armed with 302 career victories, ‘The Big Unit’ is on pace for a 14-16 win season.  Johnson still needs 136 more K’s to meet the 5,000 mark – it is unlikely that this milestone will be achieved this season.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

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Barry Bonds is just 65 hits shy of 3,000.  Barry Bonds has not seen a baseball diamond in quite some time.  However, he has been enjoying some tasty ice cream!!!  Barry did not play a minute of the 2009 season.  Who knows what 2010 holds??

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Mariano Rivera needs just 18 saves to reach the 500 saves mark.  Rivera has eclipsed the 500 saves mark for his career and is just the second player in major league history to do so.  Remarkably, his skill set is as strong as it was when he recorded save #1.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

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Gary Sheffield is 1 home run away from making it into the ‘500 HR Club’.  Sheff banged career home run #500 early in the 2009 season and he currently sits at 509 round-trippers, which is good for 24th place all-time.  He should have no problem cracking the Top 20 if he remains healthy for the remainder of the year!!  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

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Alex Rodriguez needs just 47 home runs to reach 600.  A-Rod has struggled this year due to his off-season hip surgery.  Word is that he will get at least one day off a week to rest.  He has still managed to blast 13 homers so far but #600 will have to wait for the 2010 season.  Injury slowed down A-Rod quite a bit in 2009.  And although he was still productive with 30/100, his numbers did not match his typical output.  2010 will be different!!

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Carlos Delgado needs just 31 home runs to reach ‘500’.  Due to injury Delgado has only appeared in 26 games for the Mets this season.  Although he has 4 homers in those games, it is very unlikely that he will be able to return to the line-up and ring up enough round-trippers to top the 500 mark.  Not even close – DelGado was slowed by injuries for most of the 2009 season.  Maybe next year.  Maybe not…

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Sit back and relax.  2009 should be a wonderful and historical year for the baseball fan!!!  It’s been fun.  I’m eager to see what the remaining 85+ games have to offer us!!!  It was thrilling, and 2010 looks like it will be even more exciting to watch!!!

 

UPDATE: Baseball Milestones To Look Forward To In 2009.

I thought it would be a good time to review what potential baseball milestones were in line for us to witness during the 2009 season.  I originally posted this blog on April 2nd as I was getting prepared for what looked like could be a very historic season.

I will leave the entire post in tact and will just add new comments in RED.

________________________________________________________________

As every new season begins I cannot help but hope that we will see baseball history made.  So with that, I bring to you a list of possible historical events that can take place during the 2009 baseball season.

Wish these guys luck!!!

Randy Johnson is 5 wins away from the magical 300 wins milestone.  He also needs 211 strikeouts to become  the second pitcher to reach 5,000 K’s.  Johnson has secured win #300 of his career and has not looked back since.  Now armed with 302 career victories, ‘The Big Unit’ is on pace for a 14-16 win season.  Johnson still needs 136 more K’s to meet the 5,000 mark – it is unlikely that this milestone will be achieved this season.

johnson1

Barry Bonds is just 65 hits shy of 3,000.  Barry Bonds has not seen a baseball diamond in quite some time.  However, he has been enjoying some tasty ice cream!!!

bonds

Mariano Rivera needs just 18 saves to reach the 500 saves mark.  Rivera has eclipsed the 500 saves mark for his career and is just the second player in major league history to do so.  Remarkably, his skill set is as strong as it was when he recorded save #1.

rivera

Gary Sheffield is 1 home run away from making it into the ‘500 HR Club’.  Sheff banged career home run #500 early in the 2009 season and he currently sits at 509 round-trippers, which is good for 24th place all-time.  He should have no problem cracking the Top 20 if he remains healthy for the remainder of the year!!

sheff

Alex Rodriguez needs just 47 home runs to reach 600.  A-Rod has struggled this year due to his off-season hip surgery.  Word is that he will get at least one day off a week to rest.  He has still managed to blast 13 homers so far but #600 will have to wait for the 2010 season.

arod

Carlos Delgado needs just 31 home runs to reach ‘500’.  Due to injury Delgado has only appeared in 26 games for the Mets this season.  Although he has 4 homers in those games, it is very unlikely that he will be able to return to the line-up and ring up enough round-trippers to top the 500 mark.

delgado

Sit back and relax.  2009 should be a wonderful and historical year for the baseball fan!!!  It’s been fun.  I’m eager to see what the remaining 85+ games have to offer us!!!

 

Baseball Milestones To Look Forward To In 2009…

As every new season begins I cannot help but hope that we will see baseball history made.  So with that, I bring to you a list of possible historical events that can take place during the 2009 baseball season.

Wish these guys luck!!!

Randy Johnson is 5 wins away from the magical 300 wins milestone.  He also needs 211 strikeouts to become  the second pitcher to reach 5,000 K’s.

johnson1

Barry Bonds is just 65 hits shy of 3,000.

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Mariano Rivera needs just 18 saves to reach the 500 saves mark.

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Gary Sheffield is 1 home run away from making it into the ‘500 HR Club’.

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Alex Rodriguez needs just 47 home runs to reach 600.

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Carlos Delgado needs just 31 home runs to reach ‘500’.

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Sit back and relax.  2009 should be a wonderful and historical year for the baseball fan!!!

Having Fun With Baseball’s 25 Highest Paid Players…

I thought it would be entertaining to take a look at baseball’s top 25 paid players for the 2008 season and link their salaries to one stat of theirs to illustrate how much each of these guys got paid to do just one thing over the course of the whole year…

The results are pretty funny, and a little disturbing too!!! 

Rank Player Salary Team Fun Facts
1 Alex Rodriguez $28,000,000.00 NY Yankees $800,000 per home run
2 Jason Giambi $23,428,571.00 NY Yankees $207,332 per hit
3 Derek Jeter $21,600,000.00 NY Yankees $245,454 per run scored
4 Manny Ramirez $18,929,923.00 Boston Red Sox $156,445 per RBI
5 Carlos Beltran $18,622,809.00 NY Mets $749,912 per stolen base
6 Ichiro Suzuki $17,102,149.00 Seattle Mariners $2,443,164 per triple
7 Johan Santana $16,984,216.00 NY Mets $1,061,513 per win
8 Todd Helton $16,600,000.00 Colorado Rockies $200,000 per game played
9 Torii Hunter $16,500,000.00 LA Angels $445,945 per double
10 Bobby Abreau $16,000,000.00 NY Yankees $219,178 for every walk drawn
11 Carlos Delgado $16,000,000.00 NY Mets $2,000,000 for every sacrifice
12 Andy Pettitte $16,000,000.00 NY Yankees $484,848 for every game started
13 Carlos Zambrano $16,000,000.00 Chicago Cubs $123,076 per strikeout
14 Mike Hampton $15,975,184.00 Atlanta Braves $355,004 for every run allowed
15 Magglio Ordonez $15,768,174.00 Detroit Tigers $315,363 each time he was caught stealing
16 Rafael Furcal $15,730,195.00 LA Angels $191,831 for each base he reached
17 Jim Thome $15,666,666.00 Chicago White Sox $31,146 per at bat
18 Vlad Guerrero $15,500,000.00 Los Angeles Angels $193,750 per outfield assist
19 Tim Hudson $15,500,000.00 Atlanta Braves $5,166,666 per wild pitch
20 Richie Sexson $15,500,000.00 Seattle Mariners $267,241 per double play turned
21 Jason Schmidt $15,217,401.00 LA Dodgers $15,217,401 for doing nothing
22 Randy Johnson $15,100,546.00 Arizona Diamondbacks $7,550,273 per complete game
23 Aramis Ramirez $15,000,000.00 Chicago Cubs $1,363,636 each time hit by a pitch
24 Mariano Rivera $15,000,000.00 NY Yankees $211,267 per inning pitched
25 Miguel Tejada $14,811,414.00 Houston Astros $1,346,492 per error committed

 

Make no mistake about it, nobody deserves to be paid what these guys get paid.  Especially in a time when the country is in a recession and more and more Americans are unemployed.  But, none of us would turn these contracts down either so you cannot really fault the players…

Needless to say, these guys are really making a ton of cash for playing a kid’s game and I applaud them for the hard work(most of the time) and their dedication to their sport!!  Now back up that Wells Fargo truck!!!!

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