Overcome by injuries, Carlos Delgado has retired from baseball. Even though he’s been inactive since early in the 2009 season, his departure still resonates. There’s a nice farewell piece on Carlos in the Globe and Mail that summarizes the man and his career.
Delgado piled up some impressive numbers on offense during his years with the Toronto Blue Jays and later with the Florida Marlins for one season and a few more with the New York Mets. From 1996 through 2008, he played in at least 138 games and hit 24 home runs or more – a remarkable string of productivity in a career that lasted 17 big league seasons.
Playing all those years in Canada, Delgado didn’t get the American media attention he surely would have received had he played on an American team. But he left his mark.
I always had a soft spot for Delgado, in large part because the only bobblehead I own is one of him that I got at a game at Skydome in Toronto. I went to the game with one of my good friends at The Canadian Press, and it’s the only ballgame I’ve seen outside the U.S.
Thanks for the memories, Carlos, and good luck.