Carlos Delgado Retires....HOF or not?

Carlos Delgado officially called it a career, and we here at notinhalloffame are wondering just side of the bubble he is on.  The three time Silver Slugger Award Winner belted 473 Home Runs and drove in 1,512 RBIs over his career, which are impressive numbers....though not so much in the steroid era.

Now this is where it gets interesting for us.  Delgado's numbers were not the same as other power hitting first baseman (he was only an All Star twice), but by all accounts he competed clean.  Fred McGriff may not get in, and it can be argued that Delgado is below him on the list.  Where does this put Carlos Delgado in the grand scheme of Cooperstown?  We know that we have to think about for a bit.

Last modified on Thursday, 19 March 2015 18:47

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0 #4 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
Delgado did come in as a catcher. WAR is fine as part of an assessment. But it does have its flaws.
I do have McGriff ahead of Delgado and do not really endorse either candidacy. But it's not an insult to the sport if a player with nothng more than suspicion is voted in over an admitted PED-user who would not have had the career he had without them aiding the healing process.
0 #3 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I don't know how "well-r ounded" Delgado was--his lifetime dWAR was -4.5 (B-Ref), worse than McGwire' s, and he didn't run, so he was a power-hittin g first baseman who drove in runs. Not exactly a rare species in the Hall. His overall oWAR of 44.2 is less than McGriff' s (50.5) and McGwire' s (63.1). I would argue that Delgado is below McGriff on the list, and because I don't think Crime Dog is Hall-worthy, Delgado isn't, either.

Despite that, I've always liked Delgado, and not just as a fine slugger. He showed admirable courage in his opposition to the Iraq war and the "war on terror" in the early 2000s, when not many figures in the public eye--certain ly not pro athletes--we re speaking out. (Delgado, you might recall, caused controversy through his refusal to stand for "God Bless America" ; when it was played during the seventh-inni ng stretch.) It's easy to support the guys in power (hello, Curt Schilling), and not so easy to support the disenfranchi sed. And Delgado comes by this honestly enough. As a Puerto Rican, he had long been opposed to the US Navy's practice bombing of the island of Vieques, off the Puerto Rican coast, because of its harm to the environment and disruption of the native population. Bombing was halted in 2003.
0 #2 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
They're not keeping McGwire out for his lack of ability. Delgado was more well-rounded , despite not having as much impact as McGwire. A clean candidacy (?) can't be held up against a "-)irty " one.
0 #1 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
I just don't see it. If Delgado is a hall of famer then... well he might be better than Fred McGriff, but there's no way he's better than Mark McGwire. Putting Delgado in and keeping McGwire out would be an insult to the sport of baseball.

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