’93 Knoxville Smoky Delgado Elected To SL Hall of Fame

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The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced their 2015 class for the Southern League Hall of Fame Wednesday, with 1993 Knoxville Smokies slugger Carlos Delgado chosen as the Tennessee Smokies franchise’s representative. The circuit’s second Hall of Fame class was voted on by a panel of 30 voters, and consists of 12 total inductees.

In his lone campaign with the Smokies during the 1993 campaign, Delgado paced the circuit in two of the three Triple Crown categories, posting a .303 batting average (142-468), adding 25 homers and 102 RBI, with the latter two leading all Southern Leaguers. The left-handed slugger also led the league with a .430 on-base percentage, in addition to third in runs scored (91) en route to becoming the fourth player in franchise history to earn Southern League Most Valuable Player honors.

After playing in all 140 contests with the Smokies that year, the Puerto Rico native received a September call-up to the Major Leagues from the Toronto Blue Jays, beginning a stellar 17-year Big League career, including his first 12 with Toronto. Over the course of over 2,000 Major League contests, Delgado crushed 473 career home runs, and drove in 1,512 RBI, in addition to accumulating a .280 batting average. The two-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner is considered one of the finest power hitters to come out of Puerto Rico, with no other native collecting more Major League home runs and RBI.

Consistently one of the most feared sluggers in the game during his playing career, Delgado smashed 30 or more home runs in ten consecutive seasons between 1997 and 2006, becoming the sixth Major Leaguer to ever accomplish that feat. The slugger also set many Toronto Blue Jays offensive team records, including home runs (336), RBI (1,058), walks (827), slugging percentage (.556), on-base plus slugging percentage (.949), runs scored (889), total bases (2,786), doubles (343), extra-base hits (690), hit by pitches (122) and intentional walks (128).

Delgado becomes the second member of the Smokies franchise to be inducted into the Southern League Hall of Fame after 2009 Smokies manager and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ryne Sandberg was enshrined in the inaugural class last year. Delgado will be honored throughout the 2015 Southern League season, including a pre-game ceremony prior to the Southern League All-Star Game in Montgomery, Alabama on June 23.

Joining Delgado in the league’s 2015 Hall of Fame class are Scott Brosius (Biloxi), Rollie Fingers and Frank Thomas (Birmingham), Trevor Hoffman (Chattanooga), Randy Johnson (Jacksonville), Chipper Jones (Mississippi), Jason Kendall (Pensacola), Razor Shines (Jackson), Turner Ward (Mobile) and Lou Whitaker (Montgomery), in addition to Harmon Killebrew (Chattanooga) from the Special Consideration Ballot.

The Smokies begin their 2015 campaign on the road against the Mississippi Braves, the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, on April 9 in Pearl, Mississippi. Tennessee’s 2015 home slate will then kick off on Wednesday, April 15 versus the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, with a special 11:30 a.m. start time. The team will then celebrate Opening Night the next evening on Thursday, April 16, at Smokies Stadium, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

Season ticket and multi-game voucher plans are currently available and can be purchased online byclicking here, or by calling the Smokies Ticket Office at (865) 286-2300. Single-game tickets are expected to go on sale later this month, with fans encouraged to visit the team’s website and social media channels for the latest information.

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