Former Mets First Baseman Delgado Retires With 473 Home Runs

Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets
Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Photographer: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

April 13 (Bloomberg) -- Carlos Delgado has retired from Major League Baseball after hitting 473 home runs in a 17-year career.

The retirement of the 38-year-old first baseman was announced in an e-mail from Jay Horwitz, a spokesman for the New York Mets, where Delgado played his final major-league game almost two years ago.

Delgado was a two-time All-Star who had 11 seasons with 30 or more home runs, including three with 40 or more.

Delgado, a native of Puerto Rico, played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins before joining the Mets for the 2006 season. He retires with a .280 batting average and 1,512 runs batted in. He is Toronto’s all-time leader in home runs (336), doubles (343), runs (899), RBI (1,058) and strikeouts (1,242).

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