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Carlos Beltran is unstoppable

Oct 13, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

Carlos Beltran AP

Having spent most of his career with the Royals and Mets, Carlos Beltran hasn’t gotten to play in may postseasons. In fact, this is just his third in 15 major league seasons. However, he’s certainly made the most of his limited October action.

Beltran went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two walks in Friday’s Game 5 victory, giving him this ridiculous career postseason line: .375/.488/.817 with 13 homers in 104 at-bats. He’s scored 37 times, knocked in 23 runs and gone 9-for-9 stealing bases in 28 games. His K/BB ratio in 15/23.

Of course, Beltran has been a fine regular-season player too, going to seven All-Star Games and amassing three 30-homer seasons. Still, no one compares in the postseason. Beltran has the highest on-base percentage and slugging percentage of anyone with at least 60 plate appearances in the postseason. You may have heard of the two guys right behind him on the OPS list: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

In order to get Hall of Fame consideration, Beltran will probably need to play for a world champion before he’s all done. Otherwise, his postseason numbers may not be taken all that seriously. Currently 35, he still has a pretty good shot at 400 homers (334 now) and 1,500 RBI (1,243 now). His career .282/.360/.496 line pales in comparison to fellow Hall of Fame long shots Larry Walker and Lance Berkman, but Beltran was a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder for most of his first 10 seasons and it should be factored in that he spent the bulk of his career in pitcher’s parks. It’d be crazy to dismiss him.

  1. Marty - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Lets calm the hysterics until an LCS is in the books.

  2. dcfan4life - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Getting him out when it mattered seemed impossible. Scary good postseason for him. He saw the ball well in shadows, in the day, at night. I knew when he led off the 9th hed get on, i was just hoping it wouldn’t kill us…

  3. dickclydesdale - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Beltran is a legit 5 tool player and has the skills that many in the HOF never did. His numbers will continue to increase and he should get to cooperstown.

  4. yousuxxors - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    if he didnt have so many injury problems the past few years i think he would be HOF

  5. bbk1000 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    If he was still on the Mets his bat never would have left his shoulder….

    • chrisny3 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      That is a very ill-informed fallacy that sadly often gets repeated.

      Beltran in fact had a stellar 2006 postseason, with 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 9 walks, and a combined .978 OPS in 10 games. He is one of the greatest postseason performers ever, and 2006 was no exception, only adding to his record. It’s too bad some let one at bat color their whole perception of reality.

      • bbk1000 - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        Seriously???? I guess you have been listening to Francesa?

      • bbk1000 - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        Seriously???? I guess you have been listening to Francesa..

    • cintiphil - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      That is about as stupid comment as I have heard. Maybe it was because he was on the Mets?

      • bbk1000 - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        Were you looking in the mirror when responding?

  6. blacksables - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Maybe the reason the Royals didn’t make the playoffs is becaue Beltran ran away for the money? Keep him in the line-up and lots of things change.

    Like the guys who replaced him don’t play and suck

    Maybe other free agents actually want to come to KC and play, making them better

    Maybe the draft is different

    The Royals probably wouldn’t have made a lot of playoffs with Beltran, but you don’t know that. Beltran could have changed the future of the Royals, but chose the money instead.

    There’s a little thing called ’cause and effect’.

  7. temporarilyexiled - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Now it really gets interesting, as CB is going to play against the team he claims didn’t want him last winter. I find his story hard to believe, and as much as Brian Sabean rubs many the wrong way, I’m still inclined to believe the Giants’ side of the story. That said, CB is a great player, and he’ll no doubt inflict even more pain on the Giants. I just hope it’s not enough to have the Cardinals win the NLCS.

    • chrisny3 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Just curious. What were the reported reasons, from both sides, for Beltran not resigning with the Giants? I really didn’t follow that last winter, but I was under the impression that the Giants had simply made a decision not to pursue Beltran as they thought he would cost too much money and they thought they could fill their needs with other options.

      • temporarilyexiled - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        Beltran’s camp (includes, of course, the agent) claims the Giants never made any attempt whatsoever. Giants claim they did, but Beltran made it clear he didn’t like playing in SF. Certainly, his play there showed it. And it wouldn’t be the first time someone didn’t want to be cold and have their offensive numbers stymied. He was pretty much a bust in the couple of months he was there – injured, and then on track too late to matter. It also seemed that he’d want more to play in SF than he ended up signing for in St. Louis. Even with that, the number would’ve been workable, and the Giants seem to have their organization act together these days. Beltran’s story may be the truth, but I’m more inclined to believe it was straight out of the CYA school of PR.

      • chrisny3 - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Well, did either side actually make an overture to the other side? Or was it merely a case where there was mutual disinterest so neither side really pursued it?

        How can you say Beltran was a bust in SF? His OPS for SF was .920! Hell, I hope the Mets obtain a few busted players next year, lol.

  8. jgreiner9 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Almost positive Beltran didn’t leave the royals for money, seeing how they traded him to the Astros

    • blacksables - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      It was his free-agent year, and he refused to re-sign with the Royals because they wouldn’t give him the money he wanted. So got traded and played out the season in Houston before he signed a huge contract with the Mets.

      Do you actually know anything about the game, or just make randome comments that have nothing to do with reality?

  9. Mark - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Beltran is a no doubt HoF CF. Since 1980 the only CF better than him is Ken Griffey Jr. Maybe you can make an argument for Jim Edmonds, but that’s it.

    It would be a crime not to have him in. And I can’t wait to see him mash in the NLCS.

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