Quote: Willie on Delgado's 2007, 2008

Last night on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, Willie Randolph had the following to say regarding Carlos Delgado, who hit just .258 with 24 HR last season…

To watch clip of Randolph speaking about Delgado last night on SNY, click here.

“I think it was as simple as adjustments. Carlos is a very proud player, but for some reason he got caught up in to just feeling like he was on track but not making the necessary adjustments when he needed to. He kept falling in to the trap of what they were feeding him, instead of dictating what he wanted to do…You have to be realistic, you have to be honest with yourself, and just put your pride aside and do it right, and all proud players have to do that…

“You know, he was swinging at pitches that weren’t strikes, they were balls that were out of the zone. He wasn’t making the adjustment. If you noticed, the balls he would crush were thigh-high and down. The balls he thought he could get to, in his mind, he wasn’t getting to and that was the problem – and he was very stubborn in making that adjustment. But, he’s gonna bounce back, I have no doubt.

“You know, when you’re in the heat of that, you don’t really step out of your body and see it for what it is. Again, he worked hard, he had an idea of what he needed to do, but he couldn’t get out of the rhythm of feeding off that one pitch and they exploited it.”

…for what it’s worth, during his conference call with us last week, delgado acknowledge this need to adjust, which is good, because according to willie he was unwilling to do so last season…and he clearly needs to…because, .258 is not going to cut it

…as i have said before, at this point, delgado is what he is, which, if healthy, is probably a .280hitter, maybe more, maybe less, who’ll hit 20 to 30 HR in bunches, and drive in 80 to 100 runs in a slow-burn kind of way…which is more than fine…but he’s not going to carry a ball club…instead, he’s a supporting hitter – you know, fifth or sixth in the order, like he ended the season – who adds protection for younger, more consistently powerful run producers, like Carlos Beltran and David Wright

For what it’s worth, in his final 130 at-bats last season, Delgado hit .283, while averaging one home run every 18 at-bats, as well as one strike out every four at-bats, both of which are on pace with his career averages.