Carlos Beltran’s departure really signifies that there is a changing of the guard. It saddens me to see him go after he was here for so long and played so well for us. He was a trooper as he played through nagging injuries, and when healthy he played at an all-star level. It’s sad that most Mets fans will only associate him with his bat on his shoulders against Wainwright and the Cards. But, while there are some bad moments, there was plenty of good moments to remember as well. Lets look at some of his accomplishments and where he stands in Mets history.
- Beltran is the only Met to record three seasons of 110 RBI.
- Carlos owns a tie along with Todd Hundley for the most home runs ever hit in a single season by a Met player with 41.
- He holds the record for runs scored in a single season by any Mets player with 127 back in 2006.
- Beltran was successful on 100 of 116 stolen base attempts in his Mets career, which is good for the best success rate in franchise history at 86.2%.
- Carlos is also the only Met outfielder to ever win multiple Gold Glove Awards, which he did 3 times, from 2006-2008.
Carlos was so good when he was healthy, that you may not realize how highly he is ranked on the Mets all time stats lists. Just Look at his career rankings below courtesy of Ed Leyro from MetsMerized, who wrote an excellent article on Beltran’s time in Flushing, that you can check out here.
- Batting average: .280 (12th)
- On-base percentage: .369 (6th)
- Slugging percentage: .501 (5th)
- OPS (on-base plus slugging): .870 (5th)
- Runs scored: 548 (8th)
- Hits: 877 (13th)
- Total bases: 1,566 (10th)
- Doubles: 208 (6th)
- Triples: 17 (17th)
- Home Runs: 149 (6th)
- RBI: 557 (6th)
- Bases on Balls: 446 (9th)
- Stolen Bases: 100 (11th)
- Extra-Base Hits: 374 (6th)
- Sacrifice Flies: 37 (7th)
I will remember that he played hard, even though he moved so smoothly it appeared he wasn’t going all out. He just made the game look so easy, as he glided back on fly balls, and made sliding catches in the outfield. I will never forget his selfless move to right field and how he took the pressure off new manager Terry Collins, making the switch with Pagan seamless, showing that he is a real team player. I will also remember some good moments such as the walk off two run home run against the Phillies at Shea stadium in the bottom of the 16th inning to win the game. Now that he is gone, people will finally realize what a gaping hole he has left behind, and how good of an all around player we actually had for the last 7 years