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Carlos Ivan Beltran
Born: April 24, 1977 at Manati, P.R.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.01 Weight: 190

Carlos Beltran has been the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup 23 times, most recently on July 14, 2014.

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First Mets game: April 4, 2005
Last Mets game: July 26, 2011





Winner of American League Rookie of the Year award, 1999. (Kansas City Royals)
Named Outfielder on the National League Gold Glove team, 2006, 2007, 2008. (New York Mets)
Named Outfielder on the National League Silver Slugger team, 2006, 2007. (New York Mets)
Winner of National League Player of the Week award, June 11, 2006, April 22, 2007, August 19, 2007. (New York Mets)

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Mark Wilson
January 11, 2005
It is an honor to be the first to share a "memory" of Carlos Beltran. Today he is being introduced as a Met and begins, what all Met fans hope, will be seven years of outstanding play. Met fans must thank owner Fred Wilpon, who may have strayed from "the big name" in the past but now has put his money where his mouth is. His first and best move began with the greatest move of all: hiring Omar Minaya to be GM. Mr. Wilpon said "I'm tired of losing" and I believe all Mets fans are, too. GM Omar Minaya has begun, in a big way, to change that. The Carlos Beltran era has begun.

Brian
January 18, 2005
Beltran should be exciting to watch, guys who chase down fly balls in the alleys, and swiping bases are two of the most dynamic things about the game of baseball. Beltran should be more than adequate at doing both, his reputation precedes him. God, I've been longing for some excitement in Flushing for a while. Hopefully this is the catalyst for some excellent Mets baseball for years to come.

Jonathan Stern
January 24, 2005
Beltran will make or break this season, and probably the five or six that follow. If he goes the way of other high-priced Mets of yesteryear, it will be a serious drain on his teammates and devastating to the whole organization. Imagine another September without "meaningful games." The thought makes my stomach turn, especially given the money invested in Beltran and all of the other new Mets. He better produce.

Mr. Met
June 16, 2005
No one has posted something bad about Carlos yet, but as you can see from many comments on past Mets profiles, Mets fans can get anxious. So start hitting Carlos.

Geoff Valleskey
July 4, 2005
Feel free to run to 1st base, Carlos. He stood at home plate after a popup and Carlos Delgado turned the play into a double play. Sheeesh! At least he is not an arrogant sob making 150 million. He is coming around but the Mets need more out of him!

Frank Grimes
July 27, 2005
This guy is a joke. $119 million for what? No hustle on ground balls, no hits in the clutch and puts no fear in opposing pitchers. He's overrated and not a NY player. Did very good, although let's face it not great, in KC; the Mets totally overpaid for him. Let's hope it's just a bad first year in NY or he could be the next George Foster.

murphy
August 15, 2005
There is no doubt that Beltran has been a disappointment in a Mets uniform so far, and the boos that have been raining down on him lately are the proof.
Carlos Beltran 1977 baseball card
However, the booing of Beltran has gotten to idiotic levels. The evidence is from a game against the Cubs on Sunday night, August 7. Beltran was having a pretty good game. In the bottom of the first he scored all the way from first on a single by Cliff Floyd, a play which completely changed the game. That run really rattled Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, and he never recovered. Beltran also walked and singled, scoring a total of 3 runs in a Mets 6-1 victory.

But the Mets fans in attendance that night displayed some real ignorance in the bottom of the 7th when they booed Beltran for hitting into a double play. The Mets were WINNING 5-0. It was not exactly a big, pressure-filled spot. HE'S NOT GOING TO GET A HIT EVERY TIME UP!!! But the fans booed him lustily anyway. Sorry Mets fans, but that is pretty ignorant to boo a guy who had basically changed the entire game on one play 6 innings earlier but grounded into a meaningless double play. Save the boos for when they are deserved. Otherwise, it makes all of us Mets fans look pretty damn bad.

Kwispy Sottovoce
August 15, 2005
I think you guys are jumping the gun on Carlos Beltran.

The only way to determine whether his Mets career was good or bad is to ride out the full seven years. Once he leaves the team, then you can decide if his legacy was good or bad. Also, I never thought of him as being the "centerpiece" of the team (in other words, the guy you build your team around). He is an important cog in terms of building and producing runs, but he is not the established superstar threat that Mike Piazza or Keith Hernandez were when they first came here.

You also are forgetting that he played most of the first half with a bad quad injury. Did you ever injure a quad? I have. It robs you of your mobility. I had to play a game for my company softball team with it and I couldn't drive the ball for beans, nor could I run full blast. So I understand why there was a lack of hitting consistency on Carlos' side early on.

Let's also examine where Carlos is playing. He works at Shea Stadium. Unlike Minute Maid Park, Shea is not a bandbox. It is designed for pitchers. When Beltran was signed, I said that if he gives me 25 home runs and drives in 90 runs, that's fine. He seems on pace to do that. I don't think he'd belt 38 homers playing half the time at Turner Field or Comerica, but if he played at Camden Yards or Great American Ballpark, then I'd place higher expectations on his power numbers.

Tommie Agee once said that good ballplayers should look at other ways to help his club besides making long hits. Beltran, by virtue of several diving and wall-scaling catches, does that. He seems to have (unknowingly, of course) followed Agee's philosophy.

The one thing I think he is not doing is stealing bases. I think he should be a lot more aggressive. He's been doing that in little spurts. He'll steal three bases in five games, then not steal a base for the next 12 games, then steal two more before going theftless in the next 15. That is something I'm disappointed about.

Be patient with Beltran. The guy's a decent ballplayer and I'm glad he joined the Mets.

Shari
August 15, 2005
He's way over rated, way over paid and I am sick of hearing how he'll have a better second half. I know the Mets had to overpay him to get someone who didn't stink in the outfield, but this guy commands a King's Ransom based on 8 play off games last season. He's making an insane amount of money, and we are not talking about Willie Mays, Duke Sinder or Mickey Mantle here. Some interesting things about his career-he's hit 30 home runs only once, he's hit over .300 twice, and the only thing he's done consistenty was drive in over 100 runs-but that doesn't happen this year either.

Mr. Sparkle
September 24, 2005
OK with 2005 almost in the books Carlos has not gotten the hot streak that Willie thought he would have. I don't think where you bat in the order is all that important but I have to agree with everyone who says he's a #2 hitter. Maybe he's put too much pressure on himself being the #3 hitter and can relax more at #2. Lately he's hit a lot of singles so maybe he's not the power guy everyone thught he was. If Carlos had the year he should have had based on what he's making the Mets could very well be 10 games over instead of 1 under. He has to be the leader making $17mm a year but wants only to be a contributor. This may be a stretch but the Mets could have saved all that money and got similar production every day from Eric Valent or Prentice Redman. I mean come on, is anyone at all impressed by his numbers? He runs the bases very well but he's an average hitter with not enough power in Shea stadium. Does he have the heart to improve next year? I hope so.

Jonathan Stern
November 6, 2005
One year down, six to go. Hey, Carlos: learn how to run to first base and do not always swing at the first pitch. You do those two things and you'll be amazed at how forgiving we Mets fans will be. Besides, we know you did not deserve that money. So, therefore, you should feel no pressure to prove that you did. Should you?

Putbeds 1986
March 8, 2006
Sunday March 5, 2006: The Mets played a exhibition game vs Puerto Rico and Carlos got a RBI base hit against the Mets. Let's hope Mr. Beltran does well in this World Baseball Classic and then returns to the Mets, healthy and ready for a relaxed and much better 2006 season.

JFK
March 24, 2006
I was against the Beltran signing. He was getting paid on what he did in a handful of games in the playoffs. He never was a superstar. He did not want to be a Met as he had his agent go back to the Yanks and said Beltran would take less to sign with the Yanks. Why give a player 119M if he does not want to be here? Was an absolute complete bust in 2005 and only brought back memories of George Foster. Isn't it amazing how the Mets Public relation machine is not mentioning Beltran in 2006?

I was at the last game for the 2005 season and Beltan's jersey was the only one on sale. Wonder why? To me this was a signal that the Mets were willing to trade him.

Putbeds 1986
March 29, 2006
Carlos Beltran is going to have a sensational 2006. He was struggling with injuries and the expectations of being a superstar in New York in '05. I don't see another George Foster, I see nothing but greatness in Beltran because we have the horses surrounding him (Delgado, Wright, Floyd, Reyes and so forth). He showed greatness in the World Baseball Classic and I expect that Mr. Beltran will be relaxed and ready when the bell rings on Monday April 3 vs the Nationals.

armando looper
May 22, 2006
Proud to say that Carlos is havin one hell of a year so far. He's got 11 homers and he missed, what, 11 games with The Tweak he had before. George Foster? I think not.

Joe Figliola
May 31, 2006
Good point about Beltran's missing 11 games with the tweak, Armando. Had Beltran given his quad a rest for a week or two rather than putting pressure on himself last year, I truly believe his numbers would be better.

Mr. Sparkle
June 28, 2006
Finally Carlos is the man we paid all that money for. He has been awesome this year and deserves big cheers whenever he comes to the plate. Julio Franco has had a big impact on him as has Carlos Delgado. He's a bit sensitive for my tastes but the way he is playing now he really is the man. I'm glad Willie didn't decide to bat him second like so many people wanted him to. You don't give a guy that kind of dough to bat second.

David Klein
July 31, 2006
I figured he's have a great rebound season, but nothing like this. It looks like he's gonna break every Mets home run and RBI record.

Feat Fan
July 31, 2006
10 ribbies in last 2 games, on pace for 150 and 50 homers. MVP candidate. Guess he's coming around!

Karim
September 18, 2006
Talk about a bounceback year. A candidate for NL MVP and NL Comeback Player of the Year. He could smash the single-season home run record by a Met, and possibly pick up either a Silver Slugger or a Gold Glove. Too weird.

J-murph
October 14, 2006
In game 1 of the 2006 NLCS Beltran Blasts a 2-run homer, giving the Mets all the offence they would need and they would go on to win the game 2-0. A couple more nights like that and people are going to stop talking about the 2005 season.

5280Metsfan
October 20, 2006
Carlos how about going out swinging??? Instead of just looking completly lost at home plate. Hope you enjoy your 14 million you pocketed this year. Maybe in the off season you can afford to buy a clue how to approach hitting in clutch situations.

LIFELONGFAN
October 20, 2006
Carlos is an excellent player - there is no mistaking that. Matter of fact, I'd say that behind Jose Reyes - he's the team MVP. But, with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7 of the NLCS - YOU CANNOT TAKE A CALLED THIRD STRIKE!!! You cannot make anything happen with the freakin' bat on your shoulder - my Little League coach told me that when I was 9 years old!

rpackrat
October 22, 2006
Lifelongfan,

Did your little league coach also tell you how to hit 12 to 6 curveballs coming after a stream of 90+ mph fastballs? Because, if he did, you might want to think about a career as a major league baseball player. That was undoubtedly a disappointing way to end the season. But Carlos struck out on an incredibly nasty pitch that would have frozen Ted Williams in his prime. He had an MVP-caliber season, and was very good throughout the playoffs (.278-.422-.556). He was, in fact, particularly good in the NLCS (.296-.386-.667). If not for Carlos' play earlier in the series, there would not have been a game 7. I hope Mets fans will not start acting like Yankee fans and treat Carlos poorly because of that strikeout. He had a great season and is going to be a huge part of some very, very good Mets teams over the next 5 years.

Choo Choo
October 25, 2006
Let's not forget that players like Beltran, Wright, Wagner, etc. got us a Game 7 AT Shea with their tremendous regular season. Did he look bad taking strike three? Yes. Does it hurt like never before? Maybe. Losing always hurts. Reggie, Scioscia, Orel, Andruw, Sojo. They all hurt. But let's move on.

Shari
October 25, 2006
Would have I have preferred if he had to go down on strikes, seen him do it swinging? Of course-but I can't kill him for anything at all that he accomplished this season. Last year I rode his case about how much money he made only to bat barely .270 with 16 HRs and 78RBIs, but this season he earned his cash (even though I don't believe any athlete is worth that amount of money) and he was decent in the playoffs-he didn't put the team on his back like he did with Houston in 2004, but he did hit. I have no complaints about him at all this season-or in the NLCS.

tony56
November 1, 2006
I saw an interview with Joe Torre where he talked about how when he playing hitters had different swings depending on the count and the circumstances. Yes that was a nasty curve made nastier by a first rate fastball. But Carlos knew that before he stepped to the plate and he knew that Floyd had been K'd on the same pitch. On an 0-2 count, with or without men on base, you have to be defensive and protect the plate and try to foul off that pitch. Missing the pitch is excusable. Being fooled by it to the point of having it freeze you is not. I like Carlos and I'm glad he's on the team although next year I will take 30 home runs with a .300 average (and better than .225 at home). He's very good ballplayer. Sometime he just doesn't seem like a smart one

Mr. Sparkle
November 10, 2006
The guy had a great year, was awesome throughout but unfortunately didn't swing on the last Met at bat of the season. I'm not happy about it but let's not kill him over it. I expect a big year out of him in 07 but he's a sensitive guy so let's not boo him because of it.

JFK
June 18, 2007
The most gutless player on the Mets. Cannot hit when the pressure is on. His 2006 stats were a mirage--- had the lowest batting average in baseball at home. All he does is look for excuses---my quad is sore. Come on, your quad is sore. What player does not have ache and pains?

Feat Fan
June 18, 2007
I was listening to the FAN today, something that I try not to do. Beltran is getting blasted, some of these comments from us "fans" are absolutely out of line. I think we are all still upset about the WAINWRIGHT freeze but this is a quality player and teamate who is having a tough go of it. This is not A-ROD, or BONDS, or PUJOLS.

This is a nice complimentary player more like an athletic Tori Hunter than the above mentioned. Part of the problem is that Delgado has been slow to start and after the 5 hole there isn't a lot of healthy hitters out there.

We'll get through this, Carlos will get his .280 25-90 and we must realize that last year's 41-113 was a career year and those expectations are a bit long.

Get off his case and get on Omar's a little. We need more pitching, faster and younger bench players and PEDRO.

LIFELONGFAN
February 9, 2008
I still haven't forgiven him for not swinging at that damn pitch!

jeffd
February 17, 2008
He would have struck out anyway. It was a good pitch. Blame Mota and Wagner if you need to blame someone.

Ray
May 9, 2008
I believe Carlos will always be remembered for his called third strike in the '06 playoffs because two years later he continues to take the same approach with 2 strikes during a crucial rally. I don't think he will ever learn to protect the strike zone in those situations. He is not aggressive or hungry and don't see any desire to win. He is the poster boy for last year's collapse - not the only one responsible, but a prime example of what was and continues in the '08 season to be wrong with this team. I am a life long Met fan - since '62 and I now live in the Philadelphia area and hate the Phillies, but Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley exemplify what the Mets are lacking... clutch hitting and a BURNING desire to win, not just collect a fat paycheck and hit one-run meaningless homers in blowouts.

Michael
May 13, 2008
Carlos was one of the best offensive players in the entire league last September. Look it up. If you're seriously going to in any way shape or form put blame on him for last year....you clearly have some kind of personal vendetta against him. The collapse was pitching related, nothing more, nothing less. Whatever Carlos did in his 9th inning at bat 2 years ago has NO reflection on anything. It was a great pitch. Players strike out. That one happened to end the game. It happens. And you must be watching different games than me because I see him diving and hustling just as much as anyone in the league. Stop the hatred on this man.

James Damion
August 10, 2008
He's never clutch. He plays with no heart. He's the dullest Met in my memory. He should some kind of triple crow. You would think with the millions the Mets pay him he would have that coco puff removed from his temple.

Feat Fan
August 28, 2008
He is what he is, a nice complimentary player with 5 tool skills and a steady demeanor. Hey critics, who else would you like in CF? Andruw Jones, Melky Cabrera, Cocoa Krispies? Before running him and his .275-30-100-25 SB out of town, give me a realistic option.

Michael
September 1, 2008
I'm convinced Carlos is the most under-appreciated player this franchise has ever had. It's not even close. There are some fans who really don't deserve him. Would you rather have Endy Chavez play everyday in center? Carlos is a top 3-5 center fielder in the game. Stop the hate and get over the stupid strikeout 2 years ago.

j-murph
September 12, 2008
He is not a top 3-5 center fielder in the game. He is number one. There is not a better hitter in the majors that plays center field and he is in the top three with the glove.

He might never "justify" his 17 million a year but he is the premier center fielder in the world and we should all give him his due.

I understand it is hard to forget how the '06 season ended but Mets fans are watching a great player in center field and if we do anything big in the next three years he will have a lot to do with it.

Jujo
November 3, 2010
I think we let Carlos play this year in CF and have the best season he can in his walk year. We won't get full trade value during offseason. The best we can hope is that he helps the team compete for playoffs or play well enough so we trade him by July 31 next year for good prospects. I hope he still has a half season in him so we can get something. He and Piazza are examples that 7 year contracts don't work. When we total the stats and dollars paid we will have gotten maybe 5 solid seasons out of him. When he is gone, Pagan is our CF which is good enough.

the Big H
July 28, 2011
I actually think Carlos Beltran will be missed. He did have three big years with the Mets. This is a rare monster contract where both sides probably came out even. If he had seven big years management would have been ahead, or had he been on the shelf or awful the whole time, he would have been ahead. I actually think that 2011 was the first time in a long time he wasn't playing hurt. Also in 2011 though his numbers were good, for the most part, his play was better than his numbers.

Shickhaus Franks
July 29, 2011
Gonna miss C.B. for his bat and great glove work (that catch in Houston running up that hill is still one of the greatest catches) but the two things that will stand out will be the collision in San Diego with Mike Cameron and of course the STILL HEARTBREAKING strikeout against Wainwright in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. If life were fair, Carlos would've swung and gotten the WALK-OFF hit to win the NL pennant and then we would've certainly defeated the Tigers and the Mets would've been feted with a great parade down the CANYON OF HEROES!!! Alas, it WAS NOT TO BE; October 19, 2006 is a date that will live in Mets infamy until the Mets get back into post-season. I wish #15 the best of luck in Haight-Ashbury land teaming up with the Beard, the Freak and Kung Fu Panda.

Dan the Man
September 9, 2011
I guess when you look back at his 6.5 years here overall I'd say he was average considering the money that got thrown at him. He had an MVP like season in 2006 (although striking out in the biggest at bat of his life) and was the only Met to play well consistently down the 2008 year when everyone collapsed. But, it just seemed so many times he was just walking through the motions which more than the above mentioned strikeout never made me warm up to him. At any rate wish him well as long as it ain't against the Mets.

Shale
April 6, 2012
Although this was his time to go, I'm really going to miss Carlos Beltran, who when healthy was a staple in the Mets outfield and arguably the greatest all around center fielder in Mets history. Sure, he froze against Adam Wainwright's curveball in the 06 NLCS (which happened to occur on my 18th birthday; second time the Mets got knocked out of the playoffs on my birthday, with the other year being in 1999), but Beltran's contributions to the Mets should overrule that moment by a landslide. He had his career season that year and was one of the most feared hitters in the league from 2006-2008. You wouldn't have wanted anyone else at the plate in that moment. Some people may have already forgotten that Beltran is still tied with Todd Hundley for the Mets' single season home run record, when he blasted 41 in 2006.

All in all, although he was quiet in the clubhouse and around the media, Beltran was a team leader both on and off the field. He was one of the most active charity workers in the country and contributed to NYC recreational baseball probably more than any other NY baseball player during his time with the Mets.

Jordan
December 6, 2012
Perhaps the most underrated player ever to put on a Mets uniform, large contract and '06 NLCS be damned!

This guy put together 3 monster seasons, '06 was arguably the greatest offensive season ever for a New York Met.

He glided his way around the outfield making gold glove defense look easy. Statistically speaking, he is one of the most efficient base stealers of all time.

Beltran always went about his business in a way that New York fans never really warmed to. However, I feel in the coming years he will be remembered more fondly. I will always dream of him taking that devastating curveball from (future Cy Young award winner) Adam Wainwright into LF for a game winning 2 run single, but even with that indelible black mark this guy is probably my favorite Met ever.

Shickhaus Franks
October 18, 2013
If the Cardinals wind up winning the 2013 Fall Classic (I'm rooting for ABTC "Anybody But The Cardinals" because of 1985 and 2006) and Beltran wins a ring, Mets fans will feel like pre-Ringo Beatles drummer Pete Best in February of 1964 and if he winds up with the Bronx Evil Empire in 2014, that would be like throwing more gasoline on the fire.









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