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Carlos Delgado


It has been quite a while since I wrote a post featuring a Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame player (Thurman Munson), so I decided to get it back on track with Carlos Delgado. 

Carlos Delgado started his career in the Toronto organization where he came up through the Syracuse AAA franchise as a catcher. Delgado spent most of the 1994 and 1995 seasons with the SkyChiefs, where he hit 19 and 22 HRs, and had 58 and 74 RBIs, respectively. He impressive slash lines were .319/.404/.541 in 1994 and .318/.403/.610 in 1995. Clearly those are Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame worthy statistics! 

1998 Grandstand card  #39.

1991 Classic Best card #63.

It's pretty cool when you're featured on a Top Prospects card with a future Hall of Famer!
1993 Topps card #701.

1993 Upper Deck.

1993 Topps Stadium Club.

At one point fairly early in his ML career, Carlos was moved from catcher to 1B and DH.
1996 Topps card #92.

2002 Topps Post card #18 of 30.

2003 was the season that Delgado became the 15th player (and 3rd former Syracuse player!) in MLB history to hit four home runs in one game as discussed here. 2003 was also the season he came in 2nd in AL MVP voting when he had 42 HRs, 145 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.019.

2003 Upper Deck, disk #S-83.

Delgado spent 12 years with Toronto and one with Florida before moving on the his final four seasons with the Mets.
2006 Fleer card #88.

2007 Topps Walmart card #WM13.

2007 Topps card #125.

2006 Topps card #125.

2007 Upper Deck card #374.

1994 Donruss card #296.

2010 Topps 50 Years of Collecting card #278, #1611/2010.

In Delgado's second to last season (2008), Carlos hit 38 HRs with 115 RBIs with a .271/.353/.518 slash line.
2009 Topps card #135.

Carlos Delgado finished his career with 473 HRs, 1512 RBIs, and a .280/.383/.546 slash line. In 2015, Delgado was put on the Hall of Fame election ballot for the first and last time after he received just 3.8% of the votes, below the 5% minimum required to remain on future ballots. Hmmm. That seems mighty abrupt to me.

Thanks for stopping by,
CinciCuse Bill


  1. Those are solid career numbers. Shame he wasn't given the opportunity to stay on the ballot longer. Guess it'll be up to the Modern Era Committee or whatever the equivalent will be in a few years.

  2. Very underrated star. I love seeing those early-career cards when he was a catcher. And that 1996 Topps card - I don't remember the Blue Jays wearing red jerseys.


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