Tag:Carlos Delgado
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:03 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 3:23 pm

Years 2014-16 will crowd Hall of Fame ballot

By Matt Snyder

With the 2012 Hall of Fame class set to be Barry Larkin and Ron Santo, we can now look ahead to future years -- while kicking and screaming about who should have gotten in or who didn't deserve it, of course; heaven forbid anyone just celebrate the careers of Larkin and Santo and move on. My colleague C. Trent Rosecrans has taken a look at the explosive 2013 Hall of Fame class of first-year eligibles. Just envision all the arguing and name-calling that will take place in our comments section next year at this time (remember, everyone's personal opinion is right and everyone else is an idiot with absolutely no room for discussion!). I have a headache already.

Anyway, the ballot doesn't let up anytime soon, either. Check out the first-year eligible classes for the ensuing three ballots. And remember, these guys are only joining those remaining on the ballot. It's going to get overly crowded with legitimate superstars unless a few classes have upwards of four or five inductees.

Here are the most notable guys joining the ballot before 2017, divided up by year.


Greg Maddux - Listing his numbers is a waste of time. He's as much of a lock as anyone.

Frank Thomas - It's also hard to see the Big Hurt not getting in on the first try as well. He has more than 500 home runs, two MVPs, and a ridiculous .974 career OPS (156 OPS-plus).

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Tom Glavine - Are 300 wins good for automatic induction? I think so. The two Cy Youngs and six top three finishes in Cy voting also help to make him a lock.

Jeff Kent - While not a very good defender, Kent was one of the best offensive second basemen in history. His 377 home runs are the most ever for a 2B while his .290/.356/.500 line is stellar from that position. Kent's WAR is very similar to Ryne Sandberg's, and Ryno got in on his third try. It might be tougher for Kent, with the crowded ballots and all. Think about it, are the voters really going to put in four first-year guys here? Very doubtful, especially considering there will be worthy guys lingering from previous ballots.

Mike Mussina - Moose went 270-153 in his career with an assortment of Gold Gloves, All-Star appearances and top six finishes in Cy Young voting. His 3.68 career ERA came in a time when it was a hitters' game, as it factors out to a 123 ERA-plus. Will his shortfall in wins (30 shy of 300) and strikeouts (187 short of 3,000) cost him? It very well might.

Luis Gonzalez - He was just a pretty good player until getting to Arizona, so he probably didn't do it long enough.

Moises Alou - He actually has better rate stats than Gonzalez, but the feeling is neither makes it.


Randy Johnson - The only question is Mariners or Diamondbacks cap on his bust. I'll lean toward D-Backs with the four Cy Youngs and World Series ring, but he pitched 1 1/2 more seasons in Seattle. But this is a discussion for a different day.

Pedro Martinez - He was the most dominant pitcher in baseball for a seven-year stretch. He won three Cy Young awards and had the best MLB ERA in five of those aforementioned seven seasons. In all, Pedro was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and over 3,000 strikeouts in a big-time hitters' era. He has to be in, probably on the first ballot.

John Smoltz - How heavily will the 213 wins and 154 saves weigh on the minds of voters? I'm guessing a good amount. He also has that Cy Young and over 3,000 strikeouts. Even if not on the first ballot, Smoltz will be enshrined.

Gary Sheffield - One of the more feared hitters of his generation, Sheffield's offensive numbers say he's worthy (509 homers, .907 career OPS, over 1,600 runs and RBI). But he was in the Mitchell Report, so -- judging from what we've seen so far from the voters in terms of the steroid-connected guys -- he's probably not going to get in.

Nomar Garciaparra - Through 2003, he was headed to Cooperstown, but things derailed after that. His career triple slash line (.313/.361/.521) is pretty damn good, but was he dominant long enough? I'll guess no.

Carlos Delgado - With tons of power in his prime, Delgado ended up with 473 homers and 1,512 RBI. His .383 on-base percentage and .929 OPS (138 OPS-plus) are very impressive, too. My guess, though, is Delgado put up those numbers in the wrong era and he falls short.


Ken Griffey Jr. - Easy choice.

Trevor Hoffman - The Hall voters haven't been kind to closers, but Hoffman saved 601 games, obliterating the previous record (held by Lee Smith) until Mariano Rivera passed him last season. I bet Hoffman gets in with relative ease. If not the first try, certainly the second or third.

Billy Wagner - See the above comment about Hall voters' treatment of closers. Wagner was definitely dominant, but I feel like only Rivera and Hoffman get in from this generation of closers.

Andy Pettitte - If you only look at the regular season stats, Pettitte has a case as a very good pitcher who wasn't a Hall of Famer. He went 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 2,251 strikeouts. He garnered Cy Young votes in five different seasons but never won the award. However, will 75 percent of the voters consider the postseason and cast a vote for Pettitte? It's possible. He was 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in the postseason, in a whopping 263 innings. He has five rings and went to the World Series three other times (once with the Astros, remember). He will not be getting into the Hall on his first handful of tries, but maybe after a decade or so on the ballot Pettitte makes it. Then again, he also was named in the Mitchell Report.

Jim Edmonds - The four-time All-Star won eight Gold Gloves and hit 393 homers. He hit .284/.376/.527 and racked up 67.9 WAR according to Baseball-Reference.com. Still, with less than 2,000 hits, less than 400 home runs and less than 1,300 runs or RBI, I'd bet he doesn't have a real shot of making it.

So there you have it. Without considering the guys who were already on the ballot from previous years and then factoring in the huge class of 2013, we have three years with what I think will yield nine Hall of Famers. Maybe 10 if Pettitte gets enough support. Now, keep in mind I'm not a voter nor was I saying above who I would personally want to see in the Hall. I'm merely trying to guess how the voting body will react to the players above, based upon how they've treated players in the recent past.

Simply put, the ballot is going to be very, very crowded in a few years.

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Posted on: February 6, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 6:10 pm

Delgado still hopes to return

Carlos Delgado
Carlos Delgado's triumphant comeback with the Red Sox last year never quite materialized, as he signed a minor-league deal last August but suffered another setback and in September had a third operation on his left hip.

The 38-year-old slugger insists, however, that he hasn't reached the end of the line. He told MLB.com on Sunday that he intends to play this season.

"If I am healthy, I will find a way," Delgado while visiting the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. "I know how to play. I don't want to retire. The reason why I put myself through three surgeries in 18 months is because I want to play. Otherwise, I would have just hung it up."

Delgado last played in the majors in early 2009, and participated in five minor-league games in Boston's system last year. He's running and hitting, and hopes to start job hunting early in spring training.

"The rehab is coming along, and I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing," he said. "I would say within the next couple of weeks I will have a better idea of when I'm going to be ready because we are going to start sprinting a little bit and I'm going to take batting practice a little bit more often."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:40 pm

Minor League free agents

There's no list like a minor league free agent list -- and Baseball America has the complete list of has-beens, shoulda-beens and never-beens.

Clay Zavada These players are any that aren't on a 40-man roster on Nov. 7 qualified for free agency if he had accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors) while still bound by his first uniform player contract. There are 533 on the list and here are a few that jumped out to me for various reasons (not including both Drew T. Anderson and Drew M. Anderson):

• LHP Clay Zavada (pictured) (Diamondbacks) -- great mustache.
• 1B Carlos Delgado (Red Sox) -- really.
• OF Wladimir Balentien (Reds) -- former Mariners' prospect had a monster season at Triple-A Louisville (.282/.337/.536 with 25 home runs).
• 2B Kazuo Matsui (Rockies) -- a warning for those interested in Tsuyoshi Nishioka?
• RHP Charlie Zink (Twins) -- subject of a great New Yorker article a couple of years back.
• OF Jacque Jones (Twins) -- seriously, I thought he'd retired.
• C Michael Barrett (Mets) -- ditto.
• C J.R. House (Mets) -- record-setting high school quarterback.
• RHP  Brandon Duckworth (Phillies) -- remember him?
• OF Wily Mo Pena (Padres) -- the Bronson Arroyo and cash deal for Wily Mo was a pretty good deal for the Reds.
• OF Endy Chavez (Mets) -- I've got a great bobblehead of his catch from the 2006 NLCS.
• OF Willy Taveras (Rangers) -- he's fast, so someone will give him a chance.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 5:23 pm

Delgado hurt, won't play for Red Sox

It has come to this: Boston's injury curse is so out of control that players are getting hurt before they even get there.

The comeback story of Carlos Delgado is over, at least for the year, as his agent told the Boston Herald today that Delgado has a small tear in the hip and is reviewing treatment options.

The Red Sox signed Delgado, who hadn't played since two hip surgeries last year, to a minor-league contract on August 7. They intended to call him up as a platoon player once he worked back into shape.

"He’s extremely disappointed," David Sloane told the Herald . "It would be tough for a human being to not be disappointed. He wouldn’t be human if he wasn’t very upset about it. ... He felt fine when he signed. He was playing. He was headed in right direction. All of a sudden, he felt pain there. Everything at this point is up in the air. He’s going to need some time to think about the next step.”

Another hip operation is a possibility, which could mean this effectively spells the end of a great career. Delgado played 17 major-league seasons with 473 homers and 1,512 RBI.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:04 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 12:17 pm

Delgado hitless in Triple-A debut

Carlos Delgado Carlos Delgado went hitless in his first minor-league appearance for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night.

Delgado, signed to a minor-league deal with the Red Sox on Saturday, batted fourth as the designated hitter for the Triple-A team against the Yankees' Triple-A squad.

Delgado hit the ball to the right-field fence in his first at-bat, grounded out in his second and struck out in his third. Kei Igawa started and threw 5 2/3 innings for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, retiring Delgado in all three plate appearances. Delgado was replaced by a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 8, 2010 5:04 pm

Delgado picked Sox to win

Carlos Delgado Carlos Delgado hasn't played at all in 2010, but the newest Red Sox player is hoping he can make an impact to send the team into October.

“I like to win," Delgado told WEEI's DJ Bean. "I’ve played for almost 16 years in the big leagues and I’ve only been to playoffs one time, so you’re sitting at home and you watch these guys play in October and you see that intensity and the passion they have, and that’s where you want to be,” he said.

Delgado is speaking of 2006 as the season he experienced a taste of October as the Mets finished first in the NL East and fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in the NLCS. He's seen plenty of other teams experience sustained postseason success up close, however, in his time between the AL and NL East, seeing the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies win rings. Even though Delgado only has 2006 on his postseason resume, he has a World Series ring from 1993, as he saw his Jays win a World Series title. Delgado received exactly two plate appearances that season, coming October 1 and 3.

Delgado chose Boston over the White Sox, Rockies and Mariners, basing his choice on playoff potential. The Rockies are on the fringes of the postseason race while the Mariners are down and out. Selecting Boston over Chicago, however, is interesting as the White Sox currently have a half-game lead over the Twins for the AL Central division title. Delgado may be eyeing the fact that Boston has a chance at either the division or wild card, while the White Sox have to battle for just one spot.

The 38-year-old is working his way back from two hip surgeries that essentially made 2009 a lost cause, his fourth and final season with the Mets. He hit .298/.393/.521 with four home runs in just 26 games, cutting short what was shaping up to be a strong season. This after bashing 38 home runs in 2008, so if the hip surgeries haven't robbed Delgado of his ability to turn on a ball, could be a major late-season addition to the club.

Delgado, who will begin at Triple-A Pawtucket, has the right to become a free agent if not called up by September 1, although it's likely he's called up a few days prior to ensure he can be part of the team's postseason roster.

Delgado doesn't think his hips are a concern, however.

“I’m not going to come here to embarrass myself,” he said. “I wasn’t going to call anybody and say I’m ready to work out if I couldn’t run, if I couldn’t run the bases, if I couldn’t change directions.”

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 1:18 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 3:01 pm

Red Sox sign Delgado

Carlos Delgado
Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe has confirmed that the Red Sox have signed Carlos Delgado to a minor-league contract. Delgado, who hasn't played since last season and is coming back from hip surgery, will work back into shape in the minors, and the Red Sox must call him up by September 1 or he becomes a free agent.

Benjamin said Delgado will make the prorated portion of a $3 million a year salary for his time in the majors. He also has bonuses for postseason MVP awards.

Delgado will platoon with Mike Lowell at first base for Boston, which this week lost Kevin Youkilis for the year with a thumb injury.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: In his pregame meeting with reporters, manager Terry Francona confirmed the Delgado signing but said he will still consider Lowell the starting first baseman, and any new additions will"complement him." Delgado will report to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday to work out, and hopes to begin playing within the week.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 7:35 pm

Youkilis out for year

Kevin Youkilis Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday afternoon that first baseman Kevin Youkilis will have to have surgery on his injured thumb and is out for the year.

Youkilis tore a muscle in his right thumb on Monday, and was to be examined by a hand specialist Thursday.

"He'll be immobilized for approximately six weeks and then be re-evaluated from there," Francona said. "I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact that this was probably going to happen."

It's a big blow to the Red Sox, who are six back in the American League wild-card race. Youkilis was batting .307/.411/.564 with 19 homers and 62 RBI. The Red Sox might turn out to be lucky they were unable to pawn off Mike Lowell, who has had nowhere to play this season but now looks like the starter at first.

If Boston decides to pursue a first baseman, the options appear limited. Ty Wigginton, Lyle Overbay and Derrek Lee are among first-base options who didn't move before the non-waiver deadline, but it's unclear whether they could get through waivers. The Mariners would probably let Russell Branyan go. Teams have reportedly been looking at Carlos Delgado, who hasn't played since last year and is recovering from hip surgery.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Lowell was in the lineup at first again Thursday. Francona told reporters the plan is to have him at first for three games of the four-game series against the Yankees. He said the other first-base options on the current roster are Victor Martinez, David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie.

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will work out Delgado in the next few days. There have been reports that the White Sox, Rockies, Angels and Mariners have called about Delgado recently.

UPDATE: Delgado's agent, tells the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez that he's talked to the White Sox and says, "Carlos will be wearing a uniform for someone next week."

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