#7 – Carlos Beltran: Home Away from Home

Opening Day 2011 will be the 50th Opening Day in Mets history. To honor that, around here we’ll be counting down the top 50 Mets in team history, one every weekday from now until we’ve done ‘em all. Today, #7, Carlos Beltran:

Spring training held up this list for a couple of days, but we’re back. I’ll have a lot to say about Carlos Beltran in a post I will (hopefully) have up in the next week or so, and I don’t want to end up repeating myself. So instead, here are Carlos Beltran’s home/road averages as a Met. First home, average per 150 games:

640 PA, 88 R, 147 H, 30 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 89 RBI, 20 SB, 85 BB, .270/.364/.453

Pretty good, especially considering he’s a Gold Glove center fielder. Beltran’s averages on the road, however:

664 PA, 110 R, 167 H, 42 2B, 4 3B, 33 HR, 110 RBI, 17 SB, 73 BB, .287/.367/.539

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a monster. There have been eight center fielders in baseball history to hit at least .280/.360/.530 for their career. The list:

Rk Player BA OBP SLG
1 Willie Mays .302 .384 .557
2 Ken Griffey .284 .370 .538
3 Mickey Mantle .298 .421 .557
4 Duke Snider .295 .380 .540
5 Joe DiMaggio .325 .398 .579
6 Hack Wilson .307 .395 .545
7 Earl Averill .318 .395 .534
8 Josh Hamilton .311 .371 .544
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/12/2011.

All of them are in the Hall of Fame, barring the recently retired lock, Griffey, and the still active Hamilton. I would guess, had he spent the past six seasons in a more hitter-friendly ballpark, there would be no debate about Carlos Beltran’s Hall of Fame chances. He’s basically been Ken Griffey Jr. away from Queens, a few less home runs, but a handful more doubles and steals. Don’t let the park effects fool you, Beltran has been one of the best players of the 2000s.

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One response to “#7 – Carlos Beltran: Home Away from Home

  1. I don’t understand why so many met fans despise this guy. I am also sick of the rumors of him being “soft”and “selfish”(I’m looking at you Benigno). He has played his butt off since he got here, and was pretty dam good when healthy. People need to get over the called third strike in 2006 and the Walter reid non-story.I understand how fans can be upset with the whole unexpected surgery thing, but I feel the mets mismanaged his injury. For the Mets to throw him out there with the major league club after barely any rehab and a couple of at bats against mets minor leaguers, when he was CLEARLY not ready was pretty stupid, and really made me question the competence of the people running the show. I’m sure i don’t have all (and probably most)of the details concerning beltran’s off the field controversies, but I do know that the anti-beltran movement is quite silly, because he is one of the most gifted players to ever wear a mets uniform.

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