With 25 days left to go until Opening Day of Spring Training, we will revisit the career of the best #25 in Blue Jays history, Carlos Delgado. Troy Glaus also wore the number 25, and he holds a dubious franchise record for grounding into the most double plays in a single season - 25.
Glaus started his career in professional baseball with the Anaheim Angels after he was drafted 3rd overall in the 1997 amateur draft. He spent a total of seven seasons with the Angels before he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After an unsuccessful season with the Diamondbacks, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season along with minor league shortstop Sergio Santos - the Diamondbacks acquired pitcher Miguel Batista and second baseman Orlando Hudson in the trade.
Glaus spent two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2006. He had respectable numbers while with Toronto, carrying an OPS of .856, and hitting a total of 56 home runs to go along with a .256 batting average. Also while with the Jays, he was a member of the 2006 All Star team. When you consider all of the impressive accomplishments of his 2006 season, you can forgive the fact that he grounded into those team record 25 double plays.
After the 2007 season, Glaus was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Scott Rolen. After two seasons with the Cardinals, he signed with the Atlanta Braves, and he retired after the 2010 season.
More famously than Troy Glaus, Carlos Delgado also wore the number 25. He started his professional baseball career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989 when he was just a senior in high school in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
As mentioned previously on the countdown he holds the franchise's single season record in doubles with 57, Delgado also set records in 2000 for base on balls having 123. In that 2000 season he also had 378 total bases and a whopping .664 slugging percentage (his slugging percentage is also the franchise's number one of all time).
After his 2000 record setting season, Delgado hit another amazing milestone in 2003 versus the Tampa Bay Rays. In this game, Delgado hit 4 homeruns in one game and became one of only 15 players to have ever achieved this feat. In the 2003 season, he hit 42 homeruns and led the league with 145 RBIs.
Delgado was an asset to the Toronto Blue Jays throughout his career, holding numerous franchise and single season records. He holds the top spots with his totals of 889 runs, 343 doubles, 336 home runs, 2786 total bases and numerous other notable achievements. Delgago was also something of an iron man for the Blue Jays, appearing in all 162 games in consecutive seasons in 2000 and 2001, and he will always be remembered by fans in Toronto for all that he did.