Very quietly and without much fanfare, Carlos Delgado has called it a career.
Delgado, 38, officially retired on Wednesday.
Delgado played 17 years in the Major Leagues and amassed a 280/.383/.546 slash line with 473 HR’s with the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and New York Mets. He finished in the top-10 in MVP voting four times and won three Silver Slugger awards at first base.
Because Delgado played in the Steroid Era, where guys were hitting 60 and 70 HR’s and turning baseball into a game of Baseball Stars, his accomplishments went relatively unnoticed.
But during his time, Delgado was really good.
From 1998-2006, Delgado ranked fifth in HR’s (340), 12th in OBA (.408), 11th in Runs Created (146), and his 41.2 WAR was right there with the likes of Manny Ramirez, Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and Gary Sheffield.
While Delgado will not make the Hall of Fame, I thought this comparison was interesting:
The comparison above is between Delgado and HOF’er Willie Stargell. While Stargell had a longer career, during his prime, Delgado was neck and neck with the great Pittsburgh Pirate.
Delgado spent 12 years with the Blue Jays and I would imagine they would retire his number at some point.
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