Ex-MLB slugger Carlos Delgado retires; belted 473 homers over 17 years
San Juan, Puerto Rico (AHN Sports) – Former Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets slugger Carlos Delgado announced his retirement Wednesday, ending an excellent major league career that lasted for 17 years.
Delgado, 38, formally bid his goodbye from the sport Wednesday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Known as the Puerto Rican homerun king, Delgado batted .280 with 473 home runs, 1,512 RBI, 2,038 hits, and 1,241 runs.
He played for three MLB ball clubs but he’s best remembered with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he belted a franchise-best 336 homers.
In 2003, Delgado led the American League in RBI (145) and on-base plus slugging (1,109), allowing him to place second behind Alex Rodriguez in MVP voting.
Delgado, two-time All-Star and former AL Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente Award winner, was never associated to steroids despite playing in an era where rampant use of PED was taking place.
Nevertheless, several baseball followers believe Delgado’s accomplishments over the years were not enough for him to land a spot in the Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Renowned baseball writer Bill James indicated Delgado ranks below Fred McGriff and Jeff Bagwell, who both amassed above 400 homers but so far failed to get sufficient votes for a place in Cooperstown.
Delgado said he tried to extend his career by undergoing three hip surgeries from 2009, but his body could not cope with the wear-and tear of baseball.
Still, Delgado was content with his career, insisting he did his best over a 17-year career span.
“There’s no regrets. I really enjoyed everything that I did — good times and bad times, the 4-for-4s and the 0-for-10s. It comes with the territory,” Delgado told reporters Wednesday.