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Carlos Beltran becomes first switch-hitter to join 300-300 club

Jun 16, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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We already know that Carlos Beltran is awesome, but now he’s historically awesome.

Beltran is the first switch-hitter in major league history to amass 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He accomplished the feat by stealing second base in the second inning last night. Appropriately enough, it was against the Royals, the team which selected him in the second round of the 1995 draft.

Beltran is the eighth member of the 300-300 club, joining Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, Steve Finley, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Sanders. But he’s the first switch-hitter in the group.

Mike Still of MLB.com reports that the second base bag was pulled off the Busch Stadium infield and awarded to Beltran in the clubhouse after the game. The 35-year-old outfielder is considering sending his spikes from last night’s game to Cooperstown.

Beltran is off to a fantastic start with the Cardinals this season, batting .301/.384/.603 with an NL-best 19 home runs. He has 321 lifetime home runs.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    So much for west coast bias. Someone woke DJ up, It’s just the time zones, see?

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Thanks DJ I take back my comment from the other post!

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Congratulations to Beltran; however, I would downplay the “switch hitter” part of the story.

    • samu0034 - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Why? He’s got 94 home runs in the Majors batting right-handed. That’s 94 more than you or I. He’s batting 10 points higher from the right side of the plate, his OBP is identical from both sides, and he’s actually slugging 38 points better from the right side than from the left, despite fewer home runs.

  3. savvybynature - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I think because being a switch hitter has nothing to do w stealing bases.

    He’s also the first Puerto Rican to do it, which is neat, but has no direct relevance to the accomplishment. I do get that 300 HRs as a switch hitter is impressive tho.

  4. dickclydesdale - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Beltran will reach 400 homers & make the hall of fame!

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