Prior to the 2005 season the Mets tried to lure Carlos Delgado to New York via free agency. But the All-star first baseman who had hit 336 home runs over 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays decided to sign with the Florida Marlins instead. But a year later with the Marlins conducting a fire sale, the Mets acquired Delgado in a trade. Delgado turned out to be worth the wait. He hit 10 home runs and drove in 21 during his first month as a Met and went on to play an integral part in helping New York make their first postseason appearance since 2000 and win their first division title since 1988. He finished the season with 38 round trippers (which led the team) and 114 RBI’s.
Carlos Delgado had waited 13 seasons to make it to the postseason and when he got there he took full advantage. In his first career postseason game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS he went 4 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI’s. He would hit .429 in the series as the Mets swept the Dodgers. He continued his hot hitting in the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals. Delgado hit .304 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s including 2 home runs in game two. But unfortunately, it was not enough as the Mets would lose the series in seven games.
With high expectations heading into the 2007 season injuries took their toll on Delgado. His numbers dipped as he hit just 24 home runs while driving in only 87. It was the first time in 11 seasons that Delgado failed to drive in at least 90 runs. To make matters worse the Mets suffered through the worst collapse in baseball history, blowing a 7-game lead with 17 games left in the season.
Delgado got off to a slow start in 2008 and many believed his career was nearing the end, especially the boo birds at Shea Stadium. But on June 27th against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium he broke out and set a club record for most RBI’s in a game with 9. From that point on he single handedly carried the Mets the rest of the season. Over the final three months Delgado hit .312 with 24 home runs and 70 RBI’s and helped put the Mets in position to return to the postseason. But despite his heroics the Mets fell one game short. Delgado finished the 2008 season with 38 homers and 115 RBIs to lead the team in both categories.
Expectations were once again high as Delgado and the Mets entered the 2009 season. Delgado got off to a good start hitting .298 with four home runs and 23 RBIs over his first 26 games of the season. But a right hip injury sidelined him in May and he was placed on the disabled list. The injury not only ended his Met career but also his baseball career as he forced to retire due to the injury. In four seasons with the Mets Delgado hit .267 with 104 home runs and 339 RBIs.
While with the Mets Delgado wore number 21.
Carlos Delgado also played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1993-2004 and the Florida Marlins in 2005.