TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Delgado said he's "completely honored and flattered" that the Toronto Blue Jays are adding him to their Level of Excellence.
The Puerto Rican slugger, who hit 473 home runs in his 17 year career, will become the 10th person to have his name added to the facade inside Rogers Centre in a ceremony before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"It's a very special day for me," Delgado said Saturday. "This city treated me like family. It's always great to come back, there's so many good memories and good moments that I'll always remember."
Past recipients of the award include former AL MVP George Bell, 1993 World Series star Joe Carter and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.
Delgado played parts of 12 seasons with the Blue Jays before signing as a free agent with the Florida Marlins in 2005. He remains Toronto's franchise leader in more than 10 offensive categories, including home runs, RBIs, doubles, runs and intentional walks.
A two-time All-Star, he was runner up to Alex Rodriguez in AL MVP voting in 2003, when he hit .302 with 42 homers and a career-best 145 RBIs.
He's also the only Blue Jays player to hit four home runs in a game, doing it against Tampa Bay in September, 2003.
"Obviously I remember a lot of moments, but how do you forget four home runs?" Delgado said. "I guess you don't, so I didn't."
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