Carlos Delgado can’t be a Met next seasonNovember 18, 2009
According to Ben Shipgel of the NY Times, Mets GM Omar Minaya will fly to Puerto Rico to scout free agent 1st baseman Carlos Delgado in winter ball. Delgado has been a productive Met, racking up 104 HR’s and 339 RBI’s, while batting .272 in 338 games for the Metropolitans. Carlos has been one of my favorite Met players over the last four years, but it is time to part ways with the future hall-of-famer.
The Mets are my first love when it comes to sports, and I have truly enjoyed watching Carlos Delgado play for my squad. He was huge in the 2006 playoffs and had an MVP caliber season in 2008. I think he’s a fascinating player, very intelligent, and when healthy is one of the most feared sluggers in the sport. Nevertheless, I ultimatley feel the Mets need to move on from the past four dissapointing seasons, and that includes my man Carlos Delgado.
Every season for the past three years, fans and reporters have argued that the Mets team is the same as those that have failed and ripped the heart out of their fan base. Yet, Mets management keeps clinging to those same players, doing very little to change the core of the team. Sure, they traded for Johan Santana, one of, if not the best pitcher in the game and signed one of the top closers in the game in K-Rod, but the core players still remained from those teams that choked down the stretch.
I believe the Mets organization, at the very least, need to rotate their players to change up the faces and culture of a team that has not been able to get it done despite having the highest payroll in the NL. Of course last season was splattered with injuries left and right, but please do not forget 2007 and 2008 when the Mets pulled a Latrell Sprewell. It is time to dislodge the old leadershhip in favor of a new one.
Carlos Delgado was needed in 2006, at the very least to help bring Carlos Beltran along after a dissapoiting 2005 season for the center fielder. However, after watching this team the passed few seasons, I get the impression that Delgado leads the Mets as a bunch of individuals, instead of a team. Beltran, on the other hand, views the game as a total team sport, one in which every one works together and does whatever is necessary to achieve a common goal, be it scoring one run, winning one game, or winning one ring. As a life-long Met fan, I truly believe Beltran is more than prepared to be the team’s elder-statesman, and so he should be allowed to do so, without Delgado’s influence.
Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, David Wright, and yes Jose Reyes work the hardest out of anyone on the team. They are the Mets biggest stars and it is time to make these four players (and possibly some new ones acquired via trade or free agency) the leaders. These four players must lead the rest of the team to be the best, end of story. There are no excuses anymore.
I thank you Carlos Delgado for your service over the past four seasons. I will miss watching the fear you put into opposing pitchers in every at bat. But it is time for new blood to lead the way.