“It’s a sad day but life goes on,” said Carlos Delgado today as the Blue Jays decided NOT to retain his services for 2005.
Rogers Communications and penny-pinching General Manager JP Ricciardi neglected to exercise the option to offer salary arbitration to their high priced superstar. In doing so, the organization all but guarenteed a losing season for 2005. Not to say that eliminating $19-million from your budget is penny-pinching, but Ricciardi’s insistence on this Moneyball theory of cost cutting is equivelent to stealing a child’s Unicef box. Ricciardi, not money, forced Delgado out of Toronto.
Unfortunately for Blue Jay fans, these moneyball tactics clearly don’t work here. During Ricciardi’s first season with the team in 2003, the Jays out-performed expectations, based on run production from unlikely sources. That coupled with an MVP type year from Delgado showed promising signs. The problem remains that the pitching staff – apart from Roy Halladay – is about as talented as my local tee ball team. So when the run production decreased this past year, the team had their worst season since the 1970’s.
Vince Carter and his worthless teammates (except Chris B-to-the-O-S-H) could learn from Delgado’s composure of late and stop the petty posturing in the press. After months of whining, Carter will probably get what he deserves: A trade for a few new game balls and handshake. Torontoist hopes VC will go to a place where he actually has to perform or they pour beer him.
As for Carlos Delgado, thanks for 11 years of dedication and integrity. Best of luck!