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16 May 1998: Infielder John Olerud of the New York Mets in action during a game against the San Francisco Giants at 3 Com Park in San Francisco, California. The Mets beat the Giants 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr. /Allsport
16 May 1998: Infielder John Olerud of the New York Mets in action during a game against the San Francisco Giants at 3 Com Park in San Francisco, California. The Mets beat the Giants 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr. /Allsport
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NEW YORK – JULY 11: Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets puts out Willy Tavares #3 of the Colorado Rockies on July 11, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Carlos Delgado, 2005

Carlos Delgado is different from the other first basemen on this list. Hernandez and Olerud were defensive gurus who relied on hitting for a high batting average. Clendenon had no one advantage over others at the position other than experience. Delgado made himself stand out with immense power.

In parts of 17 big league seasons, Delgado crushed 473 home runs. By the time he joined the Mets after the 2005 season, he was already approaching his mid-30s and had a big fat resume that warned pitchers how dangerous he could be.

Less than a year after Delgado signed with the Florida Marlins as a free agent, he was traded to the Mets for pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, first baseman Mike Jacobs, and a minor leaguer.

Delgado’s impact was immediately felt. He bashed 38 home runs and drove in 114 in his first year in Flushing. The team came one game away from making it to the World Series, ultimately losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Seven of the NLCS.

Delgado played well in his two playoff series with the Mets—the only two he ever participated in. In hi 43 total plate appearances, the slugging lefty hit .351/.442/.757 with four home runs.

Unfortunately, he never did make it back to the postseason but did do plenty of good things during the 162-game schedule. His regular season totals include 104 home runs and a .267/.351/.506 slash line.

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Before Alonso, Delgado was the greatest slugger the Mets ever had at first base with maybe a little competition from part-timer Dave Kingman. His time in New York was short yet exactly what the team needed during what was almost one of the best eras in team history.

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