Carlos Delgado announced his retirement today, just 27 homers short of 500 but almost two years after his last major league game. It was somehow a fitting end for a talented first baseman who was nearly always overshadowed by others. Due to a series of injuries, the 38-year-old hadn't played a game in the majors since May of 2009. Since then, his only action consisted of five minor league games with the Pawtucket Sox in Aug. 2010. (He went 3-for-13.)
Announcing the news in his native Puerto Rico, Delgado had a very elegant way of describing the pain of his decision to retire:
"There comes a moment when you have to have the dignity and the sense to recognize that something is not functioning. You can't swim against the current ... And this coming from a man who had nine operations. It is a sad moment as a human being and athlete that some of your abilities aren't what they once were."
With 473 homers, 1,512 RBIs, and a career line of .280/.383/.546, Delgado was one of the best playersRead More »from Retrospective: Carlos Delgado finally calls it a career