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Carlos Delgado and Tom Cheek give Jays fans reason to reflect on franchise’s history

Carlos Delgado played 12 seasons for the Blue Jays. (Getty Images)It was a quiet week for Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays at the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville. Although rumours circulated that the Jays were looking to move catcher J.P. Arencibia as a part of a package deal to add another starting pitcher, and possibly sign free-agent reliever Jason Grilli, Anthopoulos walked out of the winter meetings with the same roster he walked in with.

No Grilli. No R.A. Dickey.

But while the Jays didn't make any additions in terms of building toward the future of the franchise, the last few days have been a chance for fans to reflect on two big pieces of the organization's past and history.

On Wednesday, late Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek won the Ford C. Frick Award, an honour handed out annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster who has made major contributions to baseball. And Friday, the team announced that it would be adding Carlos Delgado — the former Blue Jays slugger — to the Rogers Centre's Level of Excellence. Delgado's name will be the 10th added to a list that already consists of names like Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, Paul Beeston and others who've made a significant impact on the organization both on a off the field. There will be a pre-game ceremony held for Delgado on July 21st at the Rogers Centre.

Delgado told the Canadian Press Friday:

"This is a tremendous honour. When I became a Blue Jay I never thought an honour of this nature would be possible. I am grateful to the Blue Jays organization and feel truly honoured to receive this recognition."

The 40-year-old Delgado played 12 seasons for the Blue Jays and compiled 336 home runs, 1,058 RBI's and an .OPS of .949. He left the Jays after the 2004 season and went onto play five more MLB seasons with the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets. After being hampered by injuries he announced his retirement from baseball in April 2011.

Delgado also took the opportunity Friday to relay his opinion on the new-look Jays and the future of the franchise.

"I think they made a great move," Delgado said on a conference call Friday referring to the 12-player deal the Jays orchestrated with the Miami Marlins in November. "I had the opportunity to play with Jose Reyes. When this kid is healthy he's amazing.

"The key will be for everybody to stay healthy. It will be fun to watch."

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