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Carlos Beltrán
Carlos Beltran
No. 15 - New York Mets
Center fielder/Left fielder
Personal information
Date of birth April 24, 1977 (1977-04-24) (age 37)
Place of birth Puerto Rico Flag Manatí, Puerto Rico
Bats Switch Throws Right
MLB Debut
September 14, 1998 for the Kansas City Royals
Career information
MLB Draft 1995; Round: 2 / Pick: 49th
Selected by the Kansas City Royals
Teams
1998-2004 Kansas City Royals
2004 Houston Astros
2005–present Kansas City Royals
Career highlights and awards
6x MLB All Star
3x Gold Glove Award winner
1999 ML Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
2x Silver Slugger Award winner
1999 AL Rookie of the Year
Basketball-Reference.com

Carlos Ivan Beltrán (Template:Pronounced, bel-trahn) (born April 24, 1977 in Manatí, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball outfielder with the New York Mets. Beltran currently has the highest stolen base percentage amongst active players with 250 or more steals.

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. Graduating from Fernando Callejo High School in 1995, the highly-regarded five tool player was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of that year's amateur baseball draft.

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

Baseball careerEdit

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

After selecting Beltrá in the 1995 draft, the Kansas City Royals assigned him to their rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League. Beltrán made his Major League debut on September 14, 1998, playing 15 games. Going into 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 RBI and 27 stolen bases.

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 Athletics following the season, Beltrán regained his job in 2001 and recaptured his rookie form. He batted .306 with 24 home runs and 101 RBI in that season, followed by lines of .273-29-105 in 2002 and .307-26-100 in 2003.

Beltrán became known for starting sluggishly, as in 2003 when he batted .194 in April. His luck changed in 2004, as Beltrán began the year with 8 home runs and 19 RBI and was selected as American League Player of the Month for April.

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 told reporters that he was preparing to dismantle the team and rebuild it for the 2005 season.

Houston AstrosEdit

While Beltrán's name was not mentioned specifically by Royals management, the impending free agent was considered the most likely to garner interest from other teams. On June 24, 2004, Beltrán was traded 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).

While still a Royal, Beltrán had been selected to the American League starting outfield for the 2004 All-Star Game. After the trade to the National League, he was initially denied a place in the game. However, 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.

In the 2004 MLB playoffs, Beltrán tied Barry Bonds's single postseason record with 8 home runs. He had one in each of the first four games of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, including a game-winner in Game 4. Following his two home runs in Game 5 of the previous NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, this gave Beltrán five consecutive postseason games with a home run, setting a record.

New York MetsEdit

2005Edit

Beltrán's timing was impeccable, because he was a free agent immediately after his torrid postseason ended. Beltrán is what scouts call a "five-tool player", with excellent fielding skills, a good throwing arm, and the ability to hit for average, power, and steal bases.

The New York Yankees were tipped as favorites and Beltran offered them a $20 million discount. The Yankees declined and the crosstown New York Mets signed him to a 7-year, $119-million contract, the biggest in franchise history at the time. It was the tenth contract in baseball history to surpass $100 million.

On August 11, 2005, 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.

Beltrán's 2005 season was already perceived as a disappointment before the mishap. 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), runs batted in (78), runs scored (83), and stolen bases (17). Despite these numbers, he was still voted to his second All-Star team.

2006Edit

Carlos Beltrán played for Puerto Rico in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, joining Carlos Delgado, Bernie Williams, Javier Vazquez, Iván Rodríguez and others on the team managed by St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo.

Beltrán's 2006 season was an upgrade on his first year in New York. Although he suffered a strained right hamstring early in the year, Beltrán remained relatively healthy. Combined with greater protection in the Mets lineup, this allowed Beltrán to put up better numbers than he did in 2005. Helped by 10 home runs in May, he surpassed his home run total from the previous year before the 2006 season was half over.

Beltrán's performance secured him a spot in the 2006 All-Star Game, his third. He was joined by five other Mets, including three other 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. Beltrán might have been the game's MVP, but the American League came back to win in the 9th inning.

Beltrán 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 and former Met 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.

Beltran's defense was also recognized during the 2006 season, as he received his first Gold Glove award. He made only 2 errors in 372 chances to give him a .995 fielding percentage, and recorded 13 outfield assists and 6 double plays.

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 2006 NLCS, bringing his career playoff total to 11 home runs in 22 games.

2007Edit

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 RBI. Batting .282 in September with 8 home runs, 27 RBI and 22 runs scored, he was not one of the prime culprits in the Mets' painful collapse down the stretch. In July, he was named to his 4th All-Star Game appearance and upon the conclusion of the season, pulled off a feat by earning a silver slugger and a gold glove,for the second strait year.

2008Edit

In the final game before the All-Star game Beltrán connected his 15th home run of the season.[1] On August 29 Beltran had all 5 RBIs for the Mets including a grand slam with 2 outs in the 9th to give the Mets a 5-2 lead.[2] The Mets would win this game 5-4. Beltran hit the last and only home run in the final regular season game at Shea Stadium. The home run was a two run shot that tied the game 2-2 against the Florida Marlins. Beltran won his 3rd straight Gold Glove award in the outfield for the Mets.

Career earningsEdit

As of 2008 season

Year League Team Salary ($)
2008 National League New York Mets 18,622,809
2007 National League New York Mets 13,571,429
2006 National League New York Mets 13,571,428
2005 National League New York Mets 11,571,429
2004 American League Kansas City Royals 9,000,000
2003 American League Kansas City Royals 6,000,000
2002 American League Kansas City Royals 3,500,000
2001 American League Kansas City Royals 425,000
2000 American League Kansas City Royals 350,000
1999 American League Kansas City Royals 200,000
Career Total 76,312,095

Career statisticsEdit

YearAgeTeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSTBSHSFIBBHBPGDPSalary
199821Kansas CityAL 14 58 12 16 5 3 0 7 3 0 3 12 .276 .317 .466 .783 27 0 1 0 1 2
199922Kansas CityAL 156 663 112 194 27 7 22 108 27 8 46 123 .293 .337 .454 .791 301 0 10 2 4 17 $200,000
200023Kansas CityAL 98 372 49 92 15 4 7 44 13 0 35 69 .247 .309 .366 .675 136 2 4 2 0 12 $350,000
200124Kansas CityAL 155 617 106 189 32 12 24 101 31 1 52 120 .306 .362 .514 .876 317 1 5 2 5 7 $425,000
200225Kansas CityAL 162 637 114 174 44 7 29 105 35 7 71 135 .273 .346 .501 .847 319 3 7 1 4 12 $3,500,000
200326Kansas CityAL 141 521 102 160 14 10 26 100 41 4 72 81 .307 .389 .522 .911 272 0 7 4 2 8 $6,000,000
200427KC/HOUAL/NL 159 599 121 160 36 9 38 104 42 3 92 101 .267 .367 .548 .915 328 3 7 10 7 8 $9,000,000
200528New YorkNL 151 582 83 155 34 2 16 78 17 6 56 96 .266 .330 .414 .744 241 4 6 5 2 9 $11,571,429
200629New YorkNL 140 510 127 140 38 1 41 116 18 3 95 99 .275 .388 .594 .982 303 1 7 6 4 6 $13,571,428
200730New YorkNL 144 554 93 153 33 3 33 112 23 2 69 111 .276 .353 .525 .878 291 1 10 10 2 8 $13,571,429
200831New YorkNL 157 592 113 166 40 5 27 112 24 3 89 95 .282 .372 .497 .869 302 1 6 13 1 11 $18,622,809
Totals: 1,477 5,705 1,032 1,599 318 63 262 984 274 37 680 1,042 .280 .356 .496 .852 2,829 16 70 55 32 100 $76,812,095
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AccomplishmentsEdit

See alsoEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Mets siguen imparables (Spanish). Primera Hora (2008-07-14). Retrieved on 2008-07-14.
  2. Palote de Beltrán (Spanish). Primera Hora (2008-08-30). Retrieved on 2008-09-01.

External linksEdit

Preceded by:
Ben Grieve
American League Rookie of the Year
1999
Succeeded by:
Kazuhiro Sasaki
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
Preceded by:
Carlos Beltrán
Matt Holliday
Alfonso Soriano
NL Silver Slugger/ Outfield
2007
Succeeded by:
Ryan Braun
Matt Holliday
Ryan Ludwick

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