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:
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.