August 18, 2000
The Daily Prospectus
One of the many benefits of Rany Jazayerli beginning his residency is that I no longer get daily e-mails bemoaning the use of Rey Sanchez in the two-hole or contemplating a world in which he actually liked the Royals' manager.
On the other hand, he doesn't have as much time anymore to pepper me with the kind of interesting, fun stuff that actually makes up for his being a Royals' fan. Every now and then, though, the good doctor sends some good material my way:
Before I leave town for the weekend, I thought I'd point this out, since I haven't heard or read anything about the topic at all:
So, Carlos Delgado is good. Everyone got that? Have a great weekend.
OK, seriously, this is the first mention I've seen of Delgado as a Triple Crown candidate, and it's a fairly solid case. Rany thinks that the BA will be the toughest nut to crack, but I think it will be RBI. Delgado has been helped by Alex Gonzalez's hot streak, but he's almost certain to have fewer opportunities to drive in runs than Edgar Martinez and Frank Thomas, both of whom hit behind better players than Gonzalez and Dave Martinez.
Still, he's the first serious candidate I can think of this late in the year since Gary Sheffield in 1992. Should Garciaparra's recent slump continue to drive his average down, and should Gonzalez and Shannon Stewart get on base a lot over the next six weeks, Delgado's chance at history gets a whole lot better.
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