Delgado answers Marlins' need for lefty power

Updated: March 24, 2005, 11:58 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
JUPITER, Fla. – Carlos Delgado probably figured he was below the radar in Toronto, banging out 30 homers and 100 RBI in a bad year, but word spreads quickly in the information age. If you smack enough fly balls off SkyDome restaurant windows to make the waiters nervous, the impact is bound to reverberate all the way to, say, Dade County.

When Delgado signed a four-year, $52 million contract with Florida in January, he brought the type of credibility that comes with two All-Star Game appearances and 336 very big flies. "He's our Jim Thome, our Manny Ramirez," said Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell.

A select few players have the strength and bat speed to hit a ball less than square and still send it to the vertigo regions of a park. They possess a brand of power that impresses major leaguers who aren't easily awed.

"I know every time I hit a home run, I hit the ball perfect, because I don't have that type of power," Lowell said. "But you see balls in batting practice where Carlos just reaches out and it's off the top of the wall in left center. And you say, 'Are you kidding me?' "

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer