Delino DeShields

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Delino DeShields started his thirteen year major league baseball career with Montreal at age 21. In his April 9, 1990 debut against the St. Louis Cardinals, he
collected three singles, a double, scored two runs, an RBI and a stolen base. Only one other player has had four hits in his first major league game – Delawarean Spook Jacobs in 1954 with the
Philadelphia A’s. Delino’s baseball career started in Seaford, first as a Little Leaguer, who led his team to two state titles and a Senior Little League World Series championship, then as a three
sport first team All-Stater at Seaford High School. The Delaware State News named him Delaware Athlete of the Decade in 1989. Delino was offered a full basketball scholarship at Villanova University,
but he chose to pursue baseball as the Montreal Expos’ first round draft pick. Delino played with the Expos’ Class A teams in 1987, then was promoted to Jacksonville, FL (AA) and finally
Indianapolis, IN (AAA) by 1989 before moving up to Montreal in 1990. Delino played in 1615 games; he had 1548 hits, 872 runs scored, 561 RBIs and 463 stolen bases. His lifetime batting average with
five teams was .268. Over his career, Delino played all seven field positions. He was traded by Montreal in a deal for LA’s Pedro Martinez, and was selected Baltimore Orioles’ MVP in 2000. He retired
in 2002. 

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