Delgado makes some execs wonder

If Carlos Delgado is suffering emotional pangs over the prospect of leaving Toronto, he doesn't show it.

Originally Published: September 23, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
NEW YORK – For a guy who refused to waive a no-trade clause in July because he wanted to stay in Toronto, Carlos Delgado sure seems to have a blasé attitude about this farewell tour business.

Ten days remain in the 2004 regular season, which means 10 more days for Delgado to wear the uniform he's worn since his major-league debut in 1993. He was a catcher-outfielder then, with awesome raw power and a smile to light up a stadium. He embodied the future on a Toronto roster dotted with Paul Molitors, Joe Carters and Dave Stewarts.

A decade sure flies. Delgado is now 32 years old, with two All-Star Games on his résumé, and he's the Blue Jays' career leader in homers, RBI, doubles, total bases, walks, strikeouts and concession stand visits delayed or postponed. The flecks of gray in his facial hair give him that distinguished elder statesman look, and it's hard to tell which has absorbed a greater pounding – his knees or the SkyDome restaurant windows when he's hot.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer