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World Series Champion Seeking Second Chance

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One evening in the spring of 2007, and having just relocated to Florida the previous year, I ventured out to the ball field to watch my God-son Steven play with his little league baseball team. At one point Steven mentioned to me that one of his coaches was a major league ball player for the Boston Red Sox. Not really familiar with their players, it took a while for me to figure out who he was, but when I did, I thought it was real cool for a him to give up his time and give back to the younger ball players. This person happened to be Boston native and former Red Sox relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen.

Delcarmen hails from West Roxbury, MA and pretty much grew up a Red Sox fan like, I am sure most of his friends.  In 2000, he was drafted by the hometown Red Sox in the 2nd round of the amateur draft.

On July 26, 2005, he made his major league debut in Tampa against the Devil Rays, and tossed one scoreless inning, didn’t allow a hit and struck out his first major league batter. After appearing in only 10 games in his first major league season, 2006 would be a step in the right direction for Delcarmen. He would appear in 50 games and even earn his first major league victory pitching in relief.

But 2007 was a season straight out of any young players dreams. Imagine growing up rooting for your favorite team, then having an opportunity to actually play for them and the best part, compete in the World Series with a chance to win it all. That is why baseball is such a great game.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red SoxDelcarmen appeared in 44 games in 2007 and actually had the lowest ERA of his career at 2.05. He was pretty much lights out every time he entered a game in relief. He threw no more than two innings in any one game, but he was just unhittable. The Red Sox were finally getting all they knew they had out of their local hero.

He wasn’t as dominate in the playoffs as he was during the regular season, but the end result would wipe away any ill feelings from the Red Sox faithful as their beloved team would win another World Series Championship and Delcarmen would have bragging rights in his hometown.

The Red Sox and Delcarmen had another run at the title in 2008, but they came up short.

Fast forward to 2010 and at this point Delcarmen had been with the Red Sox for just about six seasons, but this time things would change after a loss to the Seattle Mariners on August 25th. The Red Sox would send Delcarmen to the Colorado Rockies for minor league ball player Chris Balcom-Miller and cash. The local boy from West Roxbury, MA found himself a part of the business side of the game as he would have to call another baseball city his home.

The 2010 season was the last one that Delcarmen appeared on a major league roster.  Since then he has bounced around in Triple A, between the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and now the Washington Nationals.

So will 2015 be the season that Manny Delcarmen finally makes it back to show? At 32 years old, he is still young enough to help out a team in need of a big arm out of the bullpen.  Only time will tell if the Nationals are the team that will give Delcarmen that opportunity again.  I applaud his persistence and dedication to make it back, the road is not as easy as people would think.

It will be interesting to see how 2015 plays out for Delcarmen, either way I wish him luck.

 
(Photos by: Elsa/Getty & Carlos Osorio/AP)
 
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David Conde

David Conde

Co-Founder/Executive Editor at Legends On Deck®
David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®. He was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com. David along with John Ginder created Legends on Deck to be the site where passionate fans of the game have a place to read about their favorite baseball teams. The site was also created for people who had a talent to write or even take photographs and have the platform to share. The passion of following the Minor Leagues can be seen all over the site as the players journey's are what what drives the LOD team to share their content. David's passion is making available a site that people can have fun sharing and reading.

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