Sunday, February 03, 2008

Carlos Delgado Trying to Find Old Familiar Stroke

Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado is trying to stave off recent years of decline by training to be more selective at the plate, a trait for which he had been famous in his prime, when he walked well over 100 times a year.

Delgado walked only 52 times last year, with his swing marked by numerous misses outside the strike zone.

Delgado will show up at Spring Training next month in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with a new mindset, hoping that his homers will climb, his walks will increase and he will cut down on frequent strikeouts that have made him a much easier mark for National League pitching.

Watch closely to see whether his strategy is working, or whether his decline is more a matter of old age than lost technique.