Category: Carlos Delgado

Carlos Delgado Missed Golden Opportunity

 


The second half of the Major League Baseball season began Thursday night, and many in Puerto Rico are with a lot of good expectations.

Just as a start, everybody is happy that Carlos Beltran returned with the New York Mets, and Joel Piñeiro won his seventh straight decision as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners.

However, not every baseball fan is cheery and festive these days.

Carlos Delgado announced Thursday that he will not be able to participate with the Puerto Rican national baseball team in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez because of a recommendation from his doctor.

Delgado, who had shown interest in playing for the national team at Mayagüez 2010, is still recovering from surgery on his right hip.

Delgado, the all-time leader among Puerto Rican players in the majors with 473 home runs and 1,512 runs batted in, was on the national team’s provisional roster for several weeks but said his final decision would depend on his physical condition.

It is true that the two-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner had not played in a Major League game since May 10, 2009, but he lost a golden opportunity.

The games would have been his showcase to show that he is still functional and still could play at a competitive level.

Absolutely, the 37-year-old first baseman would have to be careful; nevertheless Team Puerto Rico would have benefited from his presence.

Let not forget Delgado, even though elbow tendinitis limited him to just one plate appearance in the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Delgado not only spun doubts on his possible return to the majors, but also put a sour spin on what could have been a boon for Puerto Rican national pride.

Team Puerto Rico is the favorite team to win the gold medal in his own backyard in this  regional games.

Team Puerto Rico last won gold was in the El Salvador Games in 2002, which was its last medal in the Central American and Caribbean gams, only their second gold in the history of these games. The first one was way back in 1959 in Venezuela.

Furthermore, last time the games were celebrated in the U.S. Commonwealth Island, Ponce 93′, Team Puerto Rico was shorthanded with a bronze medal.

Manager Eduardo Perez, former Major Leaguer and son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, found a replacement for Delgado in the lineup with power hitter Joyset Feliciano, one of the top hitters in island Double-A baseball (a semi-pro league with good local talent).

True, any player in given time is replaceable. However, Delgado is considered one of Puerto Rico’s top sports heroes and should have shown his country passion as in past World Baseball Classic, and show he was ready to play ball again.

It was his moment to demonstrate to any team that no matter how he had been more than a year away he could be back to the Major Leagues.

It could possibly have shown as it has been a rumor for a long time regarding his return to his beloved New York Mets.

Fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Beltran is back.

Is the other Carlos ready?

Time will tell.

Futuro Sombrio para Carlos Delgado


Espero que me equivoque pero a mi entender ahora si la carrera de Carlos Delgado es historia.

 

La noticia que el veterano pelotero de 37 años de edad tuvo que recurrir a una segunda operación en días pasados en su cadera derecha no es de nada de buenas noticias.

 

Nada de mal de ojos.  Para todo seguidor del deporte de las bolas y los strikes, en especial en Puerto Rico, la noticia cayó como un bombazo. Así como la de la no elección el pasado mes de enero de Roberto Alomar al Salón de la Fama en Cooperstown.

 

No importa como usted lo vea Delgado es uno de esos héroes que el público deportivo lo sigue día a día y en la Isla del Encanto muchos andaban pidiendo para que tuviese esta venidera temporada una jornada más en las Grandes Ligas.

 

Era su campaña de buscar esos 27 jonrones que le faltan para llegar a la marca de 500 cuadrangulares en el gran circo que por lo general pudiese sido su pase al menos para consideración de inmortal en Cooperstown.

 

Desafortunadamente esa cadera viene dándole lucha desde hace tiempo. Así son las lesiones.

 

Muchos bien se acordaran inmediatamente que su carrera fue parada el pasado mes de mayo cuando fue sometido por primera vez a una cirugía artroscópica para remover un espolón y reparar un desgarre en el labrum de su cadera derecha Delgado solo pudo jugar en 26 partidos el año pasado en su último de contrato con los Mets de Nueva York.

 

Si bien somos justos ya esa lesión venia dándole vueltas. Desafortunadamente, así es el cuerpo humano.

 

Delgado estuvo sentado todo el Clásico Mundial de Béisbol del 2006 en el banco y solamente tuvo un solo turno al bate por similar lesión.

 

No así por suerte en el pasado Clásico Mundial de Beisbol del 2009 que fue una de las figuras principales de la novena boricua que si no hubiese sido por el encontronazo con Estados Unidos hubiesen llegado hasta las finales.

 

Por mucho tiempo he seguido la carrera de Delgado desde sus jonronazos con el madero en la liga invernal borincana en el uniforme de la desaparecida franquicia de los Senadores de San Juan y en las mayores desde que le dió aquel bambinazo a Dennis Cook de los Medias Blancas de Chicago que cayó la pelota en una suite al lado del restaurant Hard Rock Café en el aquel entonces conocido el estadio de Toronto como el SkyDome.

 

La lista de reconocimientos y honores es larga. Dos veces Todo-Estrella; tres veces Bate de Plata; ganador del Premio Hank Aaron en el 2000 y del Premio Roberto Clemente en el 2006 por su labor fuera del terreno de juego.

 

Seguramente el día que se retire sín duda alguna deberá ser considerado a ser parte del Salón de Excelencia de la Fama de los Azulejos de Toronto y del Salón de la Fama Canadiense de Béisbol por sus grandes proezas cuando vistió la camisa de los Azulejos.

 

Delgado demostró este pasado invierno en el uniforme de los Gigantes de Carolina en la pelota invernal como se dice en el argot popular que le queda béisbol y no estaba listo como a un punto que mencionó y que dis de retirarse de los diamantes.

 

Por otro lado esta segunda operación cambia mucho las cosas y ahora al menos hasta el mes de Julio no estará en condiciones optimas de juego.

 

Vuelvo y digo, espero que se recupere pero a ciertas lo veo difícil. No olvidemos lo que le pasó a Juan “Igor” Gonzalez que terminó su carrera con un solo turno al bate con los Reales de Kansas City.

 

Indudablemente Delgado es de esas figuras que están en la altura de los Roberto Clemente y superó a los grandes sluggers de Borinquen Orlando “Peruchin” Cepeda e Igor González.

 

Que pasará con Delgado, el tiempo nos dirá.

Carlos Delgado: A Florida Marlins Again ?

 


Spring training is around the corner and still many well-known names are looking for employment.

 

One of them is Carlos Delgado.

 

With only two weeks left Delgado is starting to wonder if he will have one more chance to play in a big league diamond.

 

The 37 year-old veteran is pondering if he will get one more opportunity to reach the 500 home run career mark. His only 27 homers shy of the 500 homers club plateau that will give him a chance to be consider hall-of-fame bound.

 

Probably the Florida Marlins will give him that opportunity.

 

According to a The Miami Herald report, the Marlins are considering Delgado as a much needed left-handed batter coming from the bench and as the same time to play occasionally first base.

 

The Marlins lost valuable utility-man Ross Gload to its East Division nemesis the Philadelphia Phillies this past winter.

 

The 17-season slugger fits both jobs but they are lingering questions.

 

The two-time All-Star missed most of the 2009 season because of a hip surgery. Delgado in 26 games hit .298 with 4 homers and 23 RBI’s for the New York Mets.

 

The slugger also according to published reports from various Puerto Rico newspapers is looking to make big money.

 

Furthermore, it has to be seen how Delgado and Marlins top brass will get to an understanding.

 

Last time Delgado played for Florida the story did not end a happy one.

 

Delgado in 2005 signed as a free agent with the Marlins to a $52 million- 4 year contract however the season that was supposed to be one to defend its World Series title turn to be an underachieving and sour one for the Fish.

 

As the Marlins financial storyline is well known in major league baseball, notwithstanding, Delgado hit .301, 33 homers and 115 RBI’s and finished sixth for the National League MVP award he was traded that 2005 winter to the Mets for cash and prospects being the main player Mike Jacobs who is looking for a job nowadays too.

 

Nonetheless, for Delgado this is not 2005. This is 2010.

 

As of the moment, the only other franchise that has express interest in Delgado is also a former team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Delgado to show his healthy he played eight games of winter ball in Puerto Rico with the Gigantes de Carolina, hitting .280 with a homer and 2 RBI’s.

 

According to the same published reports from Puerto Rico, Delgado may opt to retire if he does not receive an adequate offer to play next season.

 

If he will become a Marlin again, time will tell.

Latinos: Agentes Libres para el 2010 en las Grandes Ligas


 
La campaña 2009 esta en su casi cierre de calendario y la acción esta que arde en ruta a las series post-temporada.

 

A estas fechas que escribimos esta columna solo faltan por definir los comodines de ambos circuitos y ver quien en la Liga Americana entre los Tigres de Detroit y Mellizos de Minnesota se llevará el banderín de la División Central.

 

En cuanto a nuestros latinos volvemos a reiterar a Albert Pujols para Jugador Más Valioso en la Liga Nacional.

 

Por otro lado, en el circuito americano deben estar en la pelea Miguel Cabrera y Kendry Morales para Más Valioso; Felix Hernández para el Premio Cy Young y ojo con Elvis Andrus para Novato del Año.

 

Mientras unos equipos estan concentrados en los “playoffs” una gran mayoria de las organizaciones ya están planeando para el 2010. Así mismo están muchos peloteros ponderando cual será su futuro en las Mayores.

 

Como es un rito anual las listas de los posibles agentes libres ha sido ya a conocer. Quienes regresaran con sus equipos esta por verse como al igual quienes cambiaran de franela.

 

En el listado que incluimos aquellos que tienen un asterisco (*) tienen una opción de sus conjuntos para ser re-firmados para la temporada 2010.

 

Aquí esta la lista preliminar de los latinoamericanos elegibles para el 2010 como agentes libres.

Primera Base
Carlos Delgado  

Segunda Base
Ron Belliard
Omar Infante
Felipe López
Placido Polanco

Campo Corto
Orlando Cabrera
Alex González *
Marco Scutaro
Miguel Tejada
Omar Vizquel

Tercera Base
Adrian Beltré
Pedro Féliz *
Melvin Mora *

Receptor
Rod Barajas
Henry Blanco
Ramón Castro
Ramón Hernández *
Victor Martínez *
Bengie Molina
José Molina
Miguel Olivo *
Iván Rodríguez
Yorvit Torrealba *

Guardabosque
Bobby Abreu
Endy Chavez
Vladimir Guerrero
Andruw Jones
Magglio Ordoñez *
Manny Ramírez *
Fernando Tatis

Lanzadores
Miguel Batista
Daniel Cabrera
Bartolo Colon
Jose Contreras
Kelvim Escobar
Vicente Padilla *

Odalis Perez

Joel Piñeiro
Sidney Ponson

Relevistas
Danys Baez
Joaquin Benoit
Rafael Betancourt *
Kiko Calero
Octavio Dotel

Guillermo Mota

Fernando Rodney
Duaner Sánchez
Rafael Soriano
José Valverde
Luis Vizcaino *

Who Will Consider Carlos Delgado for 2010?


Since the start of the season rumors flew that 2009 would most definitely was Carlos Delgado’ last season in the Big Apple.

 

Even though was considered one of the key players for a pennant run this season, management knew behind the scenes most likely the 37-year-old Delgado, whose contract expires after this season, was not going to be ask to return.

 

For Mets management luckily they have the excuse to tell him goodbye after Sept. 28.

 

Delgado could never comeback from hip surgery and derailed by a right oblique strain. Not withstanding if he makes a comeback in the final weeks and shows his healthy no matter what it is very unlikely he will be ask to be a Met in 2010.

 

Well, no matter if he would not have suffered his setback Delgado would have been a victim anyway.

 

Fred Wilpon, the Mets principal owner, was one of the hardest hit financially by the losses caused by the Ponzi scheme run by his former friend Bernard Madoff.

 

According to various media reports, it have been divulged that Wilpon business, Sterling Equities, lost an estimate $700 million in Madoff’ $65 billion fraud revealed last December.

 

Moreover, it is not clear yet if Wilpon will lose more money in rights if the federal government re-asserts that Citigroup have to withdraw the name from Mets’ Citi Field as part of the federal banking bailout settlement.

 

However Delgado’ fate was not only because Wilpon’s financial distress.

 

Mets management has been closely watching if younger and less expensive Daniel Murphy could replace him in first base.

 

Another choice that has been mentioned is to trade make a trade for San Diego Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez. Due his high-priced tag words is also the Mets will make trades for Luis Castillo and Jose Reyes.

 

As for Delgado, he has said he wants to play in 2010.

 

If he can show he can comeback from injury odds are very likely he will land a deal as a designated hitter in the American League. Nobody be surprise the Toronto Blue Jays bring him back for a year with incentives.

 

Let keep in mind Delgado is a player with strong leadership skills and power hitting. Let be clear if it had not been for his hip injury he was coming from a 2008 season in which he hit 38 homers and 115 RBI.

 

Delgado is hungry career ego. The Puerto Rican All-Star, who wears number 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente, well knows that his shy of 27 dingers to reach the home-run club. That means possible Cooperstown bound.

 

Who will consider Delgado, time will let us know.

Honores a Latinos 2009 En El Dia de Roberto Clemente


hya.jpgEl baseball de las Grandes Ligas anunció en el Día de Roberto Clemente los 30 jugadores nominados al Premio Roberto Clemente 2009.

 

El galardón es presentado anualmente a aquel jugador que demuestra a lo largo de la temporada excelencia en el terreno de juego como al igual dedicación a su comunidad.

 

El Premio lleva el nombre del miembro del Salón de la Fama puertorriqueño quien fue un 12 veces Todo-Estrella; 12 veces Guante de Oro y entre otros muchos otros reconocimientos Jugador Más Valioso en 1966 de la Liga Nacional y Jugador Más Valioso en 1971 de la Serie Mundial.

 

Clemente falleció el 31 de diciembre de 1972 en un accidente aéreo cuando llevaba provisiones a victimas del terremoto del mismo año en Nicaragua.

 

El número 21 de los Piratas de Pittsburgh fue un jugador que ademas de dar el todo por el todo en el diamante se le reconoce tambien por el bien que siempre tuvo hacia su prójimo.

 

Este año entre los 30 candidatos seis son latinoamericanos. Ellos son Miguel Batista (Seattle); Adrián González (San Diego), Jhonny Peralta (Cleveland); Albert Pujols (San Luis); Hanley Ramírez (Florida) y Johan Santana (Mets).

 

Para este reconocimiento no soy de dar favoritos porque todos han hecho una labor encomiable esta temporada para sus equipos y sus comunidades donde pertencen sus franquicias.

 

Gane quien gane sí es uno de nuestros jugadores latinoaméricanos se unirá a previos latinos ganadores que son Sammy Sosa (1998); Edgar Martínez (2004) y Carlos Delgado (2006). El gran Cardenal Albert Pujols fue el recipiente el año pasado del Premio Roberto Clemente.

 

Vale reconocer que en el pasado un sín número de latinos han sido nominados a este honor y entre otros han sido los latinos activos Robinson Cano, Vladimir Guerrero, David Ortiz, Carlos Peña, Iván Rodríguez y Jorge Posada.

 

El Premio Roberto Clemente será presentado y entregado por el Comisionado Bud Selig y la familia Clemente al galardonado durante la Serie Mundial.

Baseball’s Best Latino Players By Number

clemente.jpgSince 1929 when the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians were the first major league clubs to wear uniform numbers, players have been marked forever by their jersey numbers.

In Yankee Stadium at Monument Park you can see all the famous numbers that have been immortalize by such names as Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, JoeDiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly and Reggie Jackson.

The most famous no. 8 ever in Baltimore Orioles history was Cal Ripken. In Boston the most notable no. 9 ever was Ted Williams. No fan in Philly have forgotten that no. 20 was property of Mike Schmidt.

In Pittsburgh never has been forgotten the no. 8 Willie Stargell and number 21 Roberto Clemente.

Every franchise has its own history. Every fan is loyal to their favorite player’s number. When I pitched in the little leagues I was no. 30 in honor of Nolan Ryan. When my pitching young days were over my jersey number was no. 8 in honor of Dickie Thon.

This is my list of numbers that have been immortalize by latinos in Major League Baseball history:

0-Rey Ordoñez
1-Luis Castillo
2-Hanley Ramírez
3-Alex Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners-Texas Rangers))
5-Albert Pujols
6-Tony Oliva
7-Ivan Rodríguez
8-Dickie Thon
9-Minnie Miñoso
10-Miguel Tejada
11-Luis Aparicio, Edgar Martinez, George Bell
12-Roberto Alomar
13-Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees), Dave Concepcion, Omar Vizquel
14-Andres Galarraga
15-Carlos Beltran
18-Moises Alou, Omar Moreno
19-Juan Gonzalez, Bert Campaneris
20- Jorge Posada
21-Roberto Clemente, Sammy Sosa, Ruben Sierra, Carlos Delgado (New York Mets)
24-Tany Perez, Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera
25-Jose Cruz, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Lowell, Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays)
27-Juan Marichal, Vladimir Guerrero
29-Rod Carew
30-Orlando Cepeda, Dennis Martinez, Magglio Ordoñez
34-David Ortiz, Fernando Valenzuela
35-Mike Cuellar
40-Bartolo Colón
41-Victor Martínez
42-Mariano Rivera
45-Pedro Martínez, Carlos Lee. John Candelaria
46-Tony Armas Sr.
51-Bernie Williams
53-Bobby Abreu
55-Fausto Carmona
57-Francisco Rodriguez
61-Livan Hernández
63-Rafael Betancourt
74-Ugueth Urbina