GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy birthday To Greenwich’s Carlos Juan Delgado Hernández!
Delgado, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 44 on Saturday. The baseball player was born June 25, 1972, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Delgado signed with the Blue Jays in 1988, and after being named the No. 4 prospect in the minor leagues by Baseball America, he made his major league debut with the team during the 1993 season. He was awarded a World Series ring.
He later switched to first base and became one of the most productive sluggers in the major leagues. A two-time All-Star, in 2000 and 2003, Delgado holds several Blue Jays single-season and career records. He won the Hank Aaron and The Sporting News' Player of the Year awards in 2000, and the Silver Slugger Award in 1999, 2000 and 2003.
Following the 2004 season, Delgado became a free agent and was pursued by the Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He holds the all-time home run and RBI records among Puerto Rican players. He is one of only six players in major league history to hit 30 home runs in 10 consecutive seasons, becoming the fourth player to do so. During his 12 years with the Blue Jays, Delgado set many team records, including home runs (336), RBIs (1,058), walks (827), slugging percentage (.556), OPS (.949), runs (889), total bases (2,786), doubles (343), runs created (1,077), extra base hits (690), times on base (2,362), hit by pitch (122), intentional walks (128) and at bats per home run (14.9). Delgado also played for the Marlins and Mets. In March 2013, he served as hitting coach for the Puerto Rico national baseball team that represented the island at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Delgado is a well-known peace activist and started his own nonprofit organization, Extra Bases, to assist island youths. He has also contributed to improving Puerto Rico's public education system. He was awarded the Roberto Clemente Award in 2006.