[The twenty-second in a series: I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists. They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]
We’re getting closer to the end of this series. At this point, the odds of there being an actual Cubs schedule connection to the teams left are very low since most of them are AL based. So, instead I’ll just cover the teams that have the easiest to find scans.
Blue Jays: You’re up!
Carlos Delgado is an underrated and under-appreciated player. He was overshadowed by a lot of other players in the juiced ball era, but hitting 473 homers and sporting a .280 career batting average over 17 years should mean something. I don’t know if he should be enshrined in Cooperstown, but he deserves a spot in my hypothetical collection.
Current player runner-up: Jose Bautista
I don’t know many people on the Blue Jays roster, and I don’t really have any affinity for Bautista either. This is simply a case of “gotta pick somebody” and I decided to pick one that I knew.
Retired player runner-up: Joe Carter
This is an easier selection. Touch ’em all, Joe provided for some great baseball watching entertainment when I was young. Plus, you know, former Cub and all that.
The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Giants – Kevin Mitchell
Indians – Jim Thome
Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Nationals/Expos – (tie) Marquis Grissom & Delino DeShields
Orioles – Adam Jones
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates – Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays – Evan Longoria
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Tigers – Alan Trammell
White Sox – Paul Konerko