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Pain forces slugger Delgado to retire

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Carlos Delgado officially gave up Wednesday on coming back from a hip injury, announcing his retirement two years after he was sidelined with 473 career home runs.

The former Mets and Blue Jays first baseman announced his decision at a news conference in his native Puerto Rico.

"There comes a moment when you have to have the dignity and the sense to recognize that something is not functioning," Delgado, 38, said. "You can't swim against the current."

The two-time All-Star played 17 seasons and finished with a .280 career average, a .383 on-base percentage and a .546 slugging percentage. He played for the Blue Jays from 1993-2004, went to the Marlins for a season and finished his career with the Mets from 2006-09.

Delgado stopped playing in the majors in May 2009 and had two hip surgeries in nine months.

Dressed in a navy blue suit and a bright green tie, Delgado remained jovial throughout a speech that drew tears from many, including former teammate Carlos Baerga.

The pain that usually struck every training session was too much to endure, Delgado said.

"And this coming from a man who had nine operations," he said. "It is a sad moment as a human being and athlete that some of your abilities aren't what they once were."

HAMILTON CONTRITE: OF Josh Hamilton, out 6-8 weeks with a broken arm suffered on a headfirst slide Tuesday, said he apologized to third-base coach Dave Anderson for how he responded to questions about the play. After Tuesday's game, Hamilton appeared to blame Anderson for sending him home on a popup.

"I was just frustrated more so for getting injured," Hamilton said. "I apologized to him for letting my emotions get out and getting ahead of myself and letting my emotions show through."

In other Rangers news, the team filed a lawsuit against an entity of former owner Tom Hicks to prevent it from raising prices on more than 11,000 parking spaces surrounding Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

OBITUARY: Eddie Joost, an All-Star shortstop who starred for the Philadelphia A's in the 1940s and '50s, died Tuesday in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 94. Mr. Joost played 17 seasons and batted .239 with 134 home runs, 1,043 walks and a .361 on-base percentage.

METS: RHP Chris Young has soreness in his surgically repaired arm, and his next scheduled start was pushed back two days until Sunday.

REDS: RF Jay Bruce sat out with a groin injury that the team described as minor.

RED SOX: LH reliever Dennys Reyes cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket.

ROCKIES: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, out for the past week with a cut on his right thumb cuticle, pitched a simulated game at extended spring training and will return to the rotation on Monday.

Pain forces slugger Delgado to retire 04/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:59pm]
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