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Delgado finalizes deal; Ordonez makes offer to Tigers

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2005

NEW YORK — Carlos Delgado is taking his anti-war protest to Florida.

While Delgado finalized his $52 million, four-year deal with the Marlins on Thursday, Magglio Ordonez made a counteroffer to the Detroit Tigers and Barry Larkin said he is leaning toward retirement.

Delgado, who accepted Florida's contract Tuesday, said at his introductory news conference that he will continue not to stand during the playing of ''God Bless America.''

He refused to stand when ''God Bless America'' was played last season. Instead, he would stay on the Toronto Blue Jays bench or go into the dugout tunnel.

''I wouldn't call it politics, because I hate politics,'' Delgado said. ''The reason why I didn't stand for 'God Bless America' was because I didn't like the way they tied 'God Bless America' and 9-11 to the war in Iraq in baseball.''

Marlins officials, who gave Delgado the richest per-season contract in the team's 12-year history, made no objection to his war protest.

''The Marlins don't support it, and we don't not support it,'' team president David Samson said. ''He's an adult. The club's position is that what he does is up to him.''

Ordonez, the last remaining premier free agent, told agent Scott Boras to make the counterproposal to Detroit. The outfielder met Monday with Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, team president Dave Dombrowski and manager Alan Trammell.

''Mike Ilitch indicated he was interested in making a move that would dramatically affect the franchise,'' Boras said.



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