Friday, June 18, 2010
#686) WILSON DELGADO
The St. Louis Cardinals traded Wilson Delgado along with Chris Widger to the New York Mets in exchange for Roger Cedeño on April 3, 2004. As expected the switch-hitting shortstop started the season in Triple-A, but made his Mets' debut on August 14, 2004. The game was a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Delgado joined Joe McEwing to form the middle infield in place of the injured Kaz Matsui and Jose Reyes. The substitutes turned three double plays during the contest. "There were several outstanding plays," manager, Art Howe said. "It's not bad when you consider they never played together and couldn't get on the field (before the game) with the tarp on."
Wilson played in 42 games for the Mets that season. During that time he registered a .292 batting average with two home runs and 13 runs driven in. After finishing the season in New York he became a free agent. On December 16, 2004, Delgado left the Mets by signing a contract with the Florida Marlins.
Major League Baseball conducted a random drug test for the minor leagues. Wilson was one of the players who failed that test and was given a 15-game suspension in May of 2005. Delgado was tested again in August 2005, and failed the second screening. This time he was handed a 30-game suspension.
Wilson Delgado signed his card in the set for my friend, John Guzman during a trip to the Dominican Republic on May 1, 2010.