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Carlos Beltrán
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Beltrán in 2013
New York Yankees – No. 36
Outfielder / Designated Hitter
Born: (1977-04-24) April 24, 1977 (age 37)
Manatí, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1998 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through August 4, 2014)
Batting average .282
Hits 2,279
Doubles 462
Home runs 371
Runs batted in 1,367
Stolen bases 310
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Carlos Iván Beltrán (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkarloz βelˈtɾan]; born April 24, 1977) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Beltrán was the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 1999 while with the Royals. He has been named to eight MLB All-Star Games, and has won three Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards. Beltrán is a member of the 30–30 club, as he has hit 30 home runs and stolen 30 bases in the same season.

Beltrán is among the best all-time statistical hitters in postseason games, which has earned him nicknames such as "the new Mr. October", "Mr. October, Jr.", "Señor Octubre" and "the real Mr. October" from the media.[1][1][2][3] He leads several offensive categories during the postseason, including slugging percentage, runs scored in a single postseason, and at bats per home run-ratio.[4] Beltrán is MLB's all-time leader in on-base plus slugging (OPS) during the postseason, surpassing Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig among players with at least a hundred at-bats.[5] He has broken the 1.000 OPS mark in four different playoff series. Beltrán also has a 100% stolen base percentage (11/11) during the playoffs, which are the most stolen bases without being caught.[6]

Early life

In his youth, Beltrán excelled in many sports, with volleyball and baseball being his favorites. At his father's urging, he gave up volleyball to concentrate on baseball when he was seventeen. He graduated from Fernando Callejo High School in 1995.[citation needed]

Carlos Beltrán
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Beltrán batting for the Puerto Rico national team in 2013 World Baseball Classic
Medal record
Representing  Puerto Rico
Men’s Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Silver 2013 San Francisco Team

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

The Kansas City Royals selected Beltrán in the second round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft. After he signed, the Royals assigned him to the Gulf Coast Royals of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. In 1996, he played for the Spokane Indians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, and the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League. In 1997 he spent the entire season playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. He began the 1998 season with Wilmington, and received a promotion to the Wichita Wranglers of the Class AA Texas League.[citation needed]

Kansas City Royals

1998

Beltrán made his Major League debut on September 14, 1998, playing 15 games. Unlike many players, he never played in Triple-A, the Omaha team. In 14 games of the 1998 baseball year, Beltran got 16 hits, 5 doubles, 3 triples, and 7 RBI with a .276 batting average during his time in the Majors.

1999

By 1999, he won the job as the Royals' starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. He displayed significant power by midsummer, and was moved to the #3 slot in the batting order. Beltrán won the American League Rookie of the Year award, batting .293 with 22 home runs, 108 runs batted in (RBIs) and 27 stolen bases in 156 games played. On September 27, 1999, Beltran made the final out at Tiger Stadium striking out against relief pitcher Todd Jones as the Detroit Tigers beat the Royals 8–2.[citation needed]

2000–03

Injuries restricted Beltrán to 98 games during the 2000 season and he slumped to .247, losing his center field position to the popular Johnny Damon. After Damon was traded to the Oakland Athletics following the season, Beltrán regained his job in 2001 and recaptured his rookie form. He batted .306 with 24 home runs and 101 RBIs in that season, followed by lines of .273-29-105 in 2002 and .307-26-100 in 2003.[citation needed]

In 2003, Beltrán batted .194 in April. His luck changed in 2004, as Beltrán began the year with eight home runs and 19 RBIs and was selected as American League Player of the Month for April.[citation needed]

2004

In the first 69 games of the 2004 season, Beltrán batted .278 with 15 homers, 51 RBI, and 14 stolen bases. Playing for a small market club and represented by agent Scott Boras, Beltrán endured trade rumors through the 2003 and 2004 seasons. As the end of his contract neared, the two sides failed to negotiate a longterm deal. Following an interleague doubleheader loss to the last-place Montreal Expos, Royals' general manager Allard Baird informed reporters that he was preparing to dismantle the team and rebuild it for the 2005 season.[citation needed]

Houston Astros

On June 24, 2004, the Royals traded Beltrán to the Houston Astros in a three-team deal, which also sent relief pitcher Octavio Dotel from the Astros to the Oakland Athletics, while the Royals picked up Oakland minor leaguers (pitcher Mike Wood and third-baseman Mark Teahen) and Astros' catcher John Buck.[citation needed]

While still a Royal, Beltrán had been selected as an AL starting outfielder for the 2004 All-Star Game. After NL starter Ken Griffey, Jr., went on the disabled list, Beltrán was named his substitute. Beltrán became the first player ever to be selected for one All-Star team but play for the other.[citation needed]

For the rest of the 2004 season with the Astros, Beltrán played 90 games batting .258 with 23 home runs, 53 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. Overall in 2004 combined with both teams he played for, Beltrán played 159 total games with a .267 batting average, 38 home runs, 104 RBI, 42 stolen bases, and 121 runs scored.

In the 2004 MLB playoffs, Beltrán tied Barry Bonds' single postseason-record with eight home runs. He hit one in each of the first four games of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the St. Louis Cardinals, including the game-winner in Game 4. Counting his two home-run performance in Game 5 of the previous playoff round in the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Atlanta Braves, Beltrán clubbed at least one home run in a record-setting five consecutive postseason games.[7]

New York Mets

2005–06

Following the 2004 season, Beltrán became a free agent. The New York Yankees were tipped as favorites and Beltrán allegedly offered them a $19 million discount. The Yankees declined and the crosstown New York Mets signed him to a seven-year, $119-million contract, the biggest in franchise history at the time. It became the tenth contract in baseball history to surpass $100 million.[citation needed]

Beltrán in 2007 spring training

On August 11, 2005, in a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, Beltrán was seriously injured after colliding head-to-head with fellow Mets outfielder Mike Cameron when both were diving to catch a ball in shallow right center field. Cameron missed the rest of the season with a concussion, temporary loss of vision, and two broken cheekbones. Beltrán suffered vertigo for a while, although both players eventually recovered.

A quadriceps injury bothered him most of the season and limited his speed. In 582 at bats, Beltrán's stats included career lows in batting average (.266), home runs (16), RBIs (78), runs scored (83), and stolen bases (17). Despite the limited participation, he was still voted to his second All-Star team.

Beltrán played for Puerto Rico in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, joining Carlos Delgado, Bernie Williams, Javier Vázquez, Iván Rodríguez and others on the team managed by St. Louis Cardinals third base coach José Oquendo. His 2006 season was an upgrade on his first year in New York. Boosted by 10 home runs in May, he surpassed his home run total from the previous year before the season was half over. Beltrán's performance secured him a spot in the 2006 All-Star Game, his third. Five other Mets joined him, including three as starters. Beltrán was a standout for the NL as the only batter with multiple hits, along with two stolen bases. He scored the go-ahead run that gave the National League a 2–1 lead in the third inning, though the American League won the game.[citation needed] He hit grand slams in consecutive games on July 16 and 18, becoming the 22nd player to do so. Another grand slam at the end of July made him only the third Met to hit three in one season. Beltrán continued to produce with a walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 22, off Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen. It was Beltrán's second walk-off of the season, following a 16th-inning gamewinner against the Phillies.

Beltrán's 41 home runs tied the Mets' single season record for homers, matching Todd Hundley's total in 1996. His 127 runs scored gave him sole possession of the Mets' single season franchise mark. He and teammate José Reyes won the Silver Slugger Award at their respective positions. He also tied for the major league lead in times reached base on an error (13).[8]

Beltrán's defense was also recognized during the 2006 season, as he received his first Gold Glove award. He made only two errors in 372 chances to give him a .995 fielding percentage, and recorded 13 outfield assists and six double plays. He also won a Fielding Bible Award as the top fielding center fielder in MLB.[9] Beltrán came fourth in the National League MVP award voting, behind winner Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, and Lance Berkman. Returning to the playoffs, Beltrán hit three home runs in the NLCS, bringing his career playoff total to 11 home runs in 22 games.[citation needed] However, with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning Game 7 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, Beltrán struck out looking against Adam Wainwright, ending the New York Mets season. The Cardinals went on to win the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.[citation needed]

2007–08

In 2007, Beltrán hit below .230 from May to July. However, he improved in August and September, finishing with a .276 batting average and 112 RBIs. Batting .282 in September with eight home runs, 27 RBIs and 22 runs scored, he was not one of the prime culprits in the Mets' painful collapse down the stretch. In July, he made his fourth All-Star Game appearance and upon the conclusion of the season, won his second straight Gold Glove award.

Beltrán with the New York Mets in 2009

In the final game before the All-Star game Beltrán connected his 15th home run of the season.[10] On August 29, Beltran collected all five RBIs for the Mets including a grand slam with two outs in the 9th to give the Mets a 5–2 lead.[11] The Mets would win this game 5–4. Beltran hit the last and only Mets home run in the final regular season game at Shea Stadium (the last home run would belong to Dan Uggla). The home run was a two run shot that tied the game 2–2 against the Florida Marlins. Beltrán won his third straight Gold Glove award in the outfield for the Mets. He also won his second Fielding Bible Award as the top MLB center fielder in 2008.[12]

2009–11

Beltrán recorded his 1,000th RBI against Scott Olsen (Washington Nationals) with a triple in the third inning on April 24, 2009.[13]

In the voting for the 2009 All Star Game, Beltrán was third among NL outfielders (2,812,295 votes), trailing only Ryan Braun (4,138,559) and Raúl Ibáñez (4,053,355).[14]

On January 13, 2010, Beltrán had surgery on his knee and was originally expected to miss 8–12 weeks. The procedure was performed by Beltrán's personal physician Dr. Richard Steadman.[15] The Mets stated that the surgery was done without their consent, and the team expressed their disappointment with Beltrán's decision.[16] However, Beltrán's agent, Scott Boras, claimed that the Mets consented to the procedure.[17] Beltrán played his first game of the 2010 season on July 15.[18]

On May 12, 2011, playing against the Colorado Rockies, Beltrán hit three two-run home runs in a 9–5 Mets' victory. It was the first three-home run game of his career, and he became only the eighth Mets hitter in history to hit three home runs in a single game.

In the first 98 games of 2011, Beltrán batted .289 with 15 homers and 66 RBI.

San Francisco Giants

Beltrán playing for the San Francisco Giants in 2011

On July 28, 2011, the Mets traded Beltrán to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. The Mets also sent $4 million cash to the Giants to cover Beltrán's remaining $6.5 million contract, which expired at the end of the 2011 season.[19][20]

The day after the trade, Beltrán got his first hit with the Giants (an RBI single to left field in the first inning), going 1-for-5 while playing right field against the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants eventually lost to the Reds 4–3 in thirteen innings.

On September 14, Beltrán hit two solo home runs against San Diego Padres' starting pitcher Mat Latos. The shot gave him 20 home runs for the season and 300 for his career. Prior to this game, Beltrán had never hit against Latos. Both home runs were hit to the right side of the field with Beltrán batting from the left side. The 299th hit the arcade, and the 300th landed in McCovey Cove which increased the "Splash Hit" count to 59. Both home runs proved to be crucial, as the Giants swept the Padres in a 3-game series, with a score of 3–1. His home runs in the series accounted for 4 out of the 14 runs.

For the rest of the 2011 season with the Giants, Beltrán played 44 games batting .323 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI. Overall in 2011 combined with both teams he played for, Beltrán played 142 total games batting .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI.

St. Louis Cardinals

On December 22, 2011, Beltrán agreed to a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $26 million which included a full no-trade clause.[21] After Beltrán signed with the Cardinals, he attained numerous milestones, personal as well other firsts.

On Opening Day, April 4, Beltran recorded the first-ever hit in a regular season game at Marlins Park against Josh Johnson of the Miami Marlins. He was named NL Player of the Week on May 14 after he hit .360 (9-for-25) with six home runs, 13 RBIs, eight runs, 30 total bases for a 1.200 slugging percentage and 1.648 OPS in the previous six games. He hit safely in five of the six games and homered in four of them. It was his ninth career weekly award, and sixth in the NL.[22]

Beltrán with the Cardinals in 2012

On June 1, in his first game in New York after leaving the Mets, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.[23] In one notable moment, a Beltrán batted ball touched the outside part of the foul line but was ruled a foul ball in a game in which former teammate, Johan Santana, was credited with throwing the first no-hitter in Mets' history.[24]

Two weeks later (June 15), batting against his another former team in the Kansas City Royals, Beltrán stole second base in the second inning to become the first switch-hitter in MLB history to attain 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He is the eighth player overall to reach the 300–300 club.[25]

In a June 29 home game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, Beltrán recorded a single in the third inning for his 2,000th hit, becoming the 270th player in MLB history to do so. The day after he got his 2,000th hit, Beltrán collected his 400th double, becoming the 170th player to do so.

Beltrán played in his 2,000th game on July 11, 2013.[26] In October, Beltrán was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, becoming the fourth Cardinals player to win it, joining Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith, and Lou Brock.[27]

Beltrán filed for free agency after the World Series ended on October 30.[28][29] On November 9, Beltrán declined a one year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals, making him a free agent.[30]

New York Yankees

On December 6, 2013, Beltran agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal to join the New York Yankees, despite receiving a $48 million offer from the Royals.[31] The deal became official on December 19, 2013.[32][33]

2014

On April 13, 2014, Beltran played at first base for the first time in his professional career after Francisco Cervelli left the game due to a hamstring injury. On the night of May 12, 2014, Beltran experienced soreness in his right elbow. It was revealed that the elbow had a bone spur and was immediately given a cortisone shot. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 15, 2014. He was activated on June 5, 2014. To prevent any further damage to the elbow, he was used only as a designated hitter for the remainder of the season.

On September 16, 2014 Beltrán left the team for an indefinite period of time due to his wife's miscarriage.[34]

Personal life

Beltrán is married to his wife Jessica, and has two daughters.[34]

Beltrán is the cousin of outfielder Reymond Fuentes.[35] Beltran is also a Christian. While sliding into second base for his 300th steal, joining the 300–300 club on June 15, 2012, a cross necklace popped out of his jersey, and after the game, he told a reporter that "all the glory" was God's.[36]

Since establishing his foundation, Beltrán began a fund with part of his salary, intending to establish a high school focused on developing young athletes.[37] Construction of the Carlos Beltrán Baseball Academy began in 2009, being established in the municipality of Florida, Puerto Rico.[37] The project has an estimated cost of six million dollars, being built in a terrain of approximately 30 acres (120,000 m2). The target date for its inauguration is August 2010, accepting students between the ages of 14 to 18 years, with a curriculum that includes instruction by MLB players.[37]

Beltrán maintains homes in Port Washington, New York and Manatí, Puerto Rico.

Beltrán is currently represented by sports agent Dan Lozano.

Accomplishments

  • American League Rookie of the Year (Kansas City Royals, 1999)
  • American League Player of the Month (Kansas City Royals, April 2004)
  • Tied single postseason record for home runs (Houston Astros, 8)
  • Won NL Gold Glove (New York Mets, 2006–2008)
  • Won NL Silver Slugger (New York Mets, 2006–2007)
  • Won Fielding Bible Award at center field (New York Mets, 2006, 2008)
  • Mets single season record holder for runs scored (127) ahead of Edgardo Alfonzo and José Reyes.
  • Mets single season record holder for home runs (41) tied with Todd Hundley.
  • 8-time All-Star (2004–2007, 2009, 2011–2013)
  • 1,000th Run scored (August 12, 2008)
  • Highest stolen base percentage in MLB since 2000 (minimum of 250 attempts): 87% (300/344; as of June 17, 2012)
  • 1,000th RBI (April 24, 2009)
  • 8th player in MLB history to have a 3 2-run HR game (2011)
  • 9-time Major League Baseball Player of the Week Award winner (last done: May 14, 2012)
  • 1st switch-hitter and 8th player to attain 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. (June 15, 2012)
  • 2,000th Hit (June 29, 2012)
  • 400 Doubles (June 30, 2012)
  • All-Time Mets team 50th Anniversary - Starting CF
  • Roberto Clemente Award (October 26, 2013)

See also

References

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  2. ^ John Autin (October 16, 2012). "Carlos Beltran is Señor Octubre". HighHeatStas.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
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  4. ^ "All-time and Single-Season Postseason Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
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  7. ^ Habib, Daniel G. (October 25, 2004). "Battle of the big bats". Sports Illustrated. "In the bottom of the seventh, with one out and the game tied 5–5, Beltran dipped down like a golfer and scooped a 2-and-2 slider from St. Louis righthander Julian Tavarez into the right-centerfield bullpen. It was a record fifth straight postseason game in which Beltran hit a home run. 'The ump was reaching back to get another ball,' says Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, who was watching from the on-deck circle, 'because that [pitch] was in the dirt.'" 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kerry Wood
Baseball America Rookie of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Rafael Furcal
Preceded by
Ben Grieve
Players Choice AL Most Outstanding Rookie
1999
Succeeded by
Terrence Long
Preceded by
Alfonso Soriano
American League Player of the Month
April 2004
Succeeded by
Melvin Mora