Jays set to honor Carlos Delgado

The Blue Jays plan to honor former slugger Carlos Delgado next

year by adding his name to the club’s Level of Excellence.

The franchise leader in home runs and RBIs will be the 10th

person to be so honored by the Jays, who are planning a pregame

ceremony for July 21.

”Not only was he one of the best hitters in club history, he

was one of the finest first basemen of his generation,” team

president Paul Beeston said Friday in a statement. ”More

importantly, Carlos was a tremendous ambassador for the Blue Jays

organization and the city of Toronto.”

Delgado made his big league debut in 1993 and went on to hit 336

homers and drive in 1,058 runs for the club while making two

All-Star appearances. He finished his career with the Florida

Marlins and New York Mets.