Press Row: Delgado wins Clemente Award

Congratulations to Carlos Delgado, who was honored Tuesday in St. Louis for winning the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award in recognition of the player who best exemplified sportsmanship, community involvement and contribution to his team.

  • Congratulations to Carlos Delgado, who was honored Tuesday night in St. Louis for winning the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award in recognition of the player who best exemplified sportsmanship, community involvement and contribution to his team.

    Delgado said it was a "weird feeling" to be back in St. Louis, a city which of course played a large role as a primary stage in the Mets' NLCS competition. The slugger went on to state that he believed the Mets were still the best team in the National League, despite what the seven-game outcome was against the Redbirds.

    Earlier this week, Delgado had surgery on his right wrist – a 10-minute procedure – to correct carpal tunnel syndrome. He'll have another incision to help relieve the tennis elbow in his left arm, an injury that nagged him dating back to the World Baseball Classic in March.

    "We were able to manage the symptoms during the season," Delgado told reporters. "It was pretty good, but it's something you've got to get taken care of."

    The New York Daily News speculates that Delgado – who has the right to demand a trade – may be angling for the Mets to guarantee his option for 2009. He is owed $30.5 million over the next two seasons, though the Florida Marlins are picking up $6 million of that.

    Delgado has stated on numerous occasions that he enjoyed his season with the Mets, but he has been intentionally (yet good-naturedly) coy when asked if he expects to be back in 2007.

  • The Bergen Record's Steve Popper believes that Alfonso Soriano would be a good fit in either left field or at second base, which just happen to be the two positions the Mets need the most help at.

  • Carlos Beltran (abdominal strain) has decided not to participate in the MLB All-Star Tour of Japan, leaving Jose Reyes and David Wright as the Mets' participants. The tour begins next week.

  • The new collective bargaining agreement put into place by Major League Baseball is good for both the Yankees and Mets, the New York Post's George King reports.


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