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Ferguson: Jays should honour Delgado in Level of Excellence

Scott Ferguson
10/12/2012 10:58:28 AM
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The Blue Jays certainly have more pressing issues right now. But I was just wondering, when the Jays are going to elevate Carlos Delgado to their Level of Excellence.
 
Delgado spent 12 seasons in Toronto and owns just about every offensive mark in their record book. He was as close to a "Captain" as this team has ever had.
 
In the 2000 season, Delgado might have had the greatest individual offensive season in Blue Jays history, when he batted .344 with 41 homers, 57 doubles and 137 runs batted in.  Consider this, in 1941 Ted Williams hit .406 with 37 homers and 120 runs batted in.   The "Splendid Splinter" won the Triple Crown that year.
 
Delgado's career numbers in no way compare with Williams, but for that one season, Carlos won out in the two power categories. He is also the only Blue Jays player to hit four homeruns in a game.
 
Though Carlos, never actually played in a World Series, he was given a ring after the 1993 World Series because he was a rising prospect in the organization. Of the nine greats on the Level of Excellence, Goerge Bell is only one who doesn't have a ring.
 
I could go on and on, but next year will be the 25th anniversary of the Blue Jays initial signing of Carlos Delgado. He deserves the acclaim and the recognition this honour would bring.
 
 Blue Jays, get it done!
 
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No matter that Alex Rodriguez's teammates are struggling at the plate every bit as much as he is, if the Yankees lose their Division Series to Baltimore later on Friday, A-Rod will be depicted as the goat of the series from here to eternity
 
He isn't the only Yankees' great to falter in the big spotlight. In the 1962 World Series, one Yankees star hit .174 and another batted .120, yet the Yankees beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in game 7 and took the series 4 games to 3.  Those two players were Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle respectively and neither was benched or pinch hit for.
 
While I'm still sticking with Detroit as my pick to win the World Series, this is the 50th anniversary of that Giants-Yankees World Series. It might be something special if they hooked up again this year.
 
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Pretty much everyone knows, Babe Ruth's first homerun as a professional, came in Toronto against the old Maple Leafs when he was playing for Providence in the International League.   The ball was hit out of the old ballpark on the Island and legend has it landed in Lake Ontario.
 
What you probably don't know is that Ted Williams' first home runs as a pro were both inside-the park jobs for the Minneapolis Millers. Williams won that league's Triple Crown that season and oddly enough he only hit one more inside the park homer over his entire Major League career.
 
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Though I believe Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers should win the American League MVP award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, winning a Triple Crown hasn't always made it so.
 
Ted Williams won the Triple Crown in 1942 and 1947. He lost out in the voting both years to Yankees, Joe Gordon in 1942 and Joe DiMaggio in 1947.   Williams did win the MVP in both 1946 and 1949, but those were years that he didn't win the Crown.

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This doesn't quite compare to Raul Ibanez pinch hitting for A-Rod, but in 1938, Ben Chapman hit .340 for the Red Sox. In the off-season he was traded. Why? Well to make room for rookie Ted Williams who took over in right field in 1939 at Fenway. Yes I said right field.

"The Kid" was moved to left the following season, so he wouldn't facing into the sun as much. The Bosox didn't want to risk damaging his great "hitting eye."
 

 

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