Carlos Beltran told Mark Hale of the New York Post, if he is lucky enough to be elected, he could enter the Hall of Fame wearing a Mets hat.
“It could be,” Beltran said. “I don’t know how that works. I don’t know how you choose that. But, yeah, it could happen … If you look at my numbers, I think I had better numbers with the Mets than the Royals.”
With the Royals, Beltran hit 123 home runs with 516 runs batted in, 164 stolen bases with a .835 OPS in comparison to the 149 home runs, 559 runs batted in, 100 steals and a .869 OPS with New York.
For his career, Beltran has 2,166 hits, 353 home runs, 1,296 RBI, and 308 stolen bases.
For Andrew Wharton's thoughts on Carlos Beltran potentially going into the Hall of Fame as a Met, click here...
Andrew Wharton, ContributorFirstly, Carlos Beltran is a Hall of Fame player in my book. Not only are his offensive numbers outstanding, but he also played stellar defense in center field for many years (see: Catch on Tal’s Hill). Guys with that combination of speed, power, and defense are extremely rare, so I’d like to think it’s not a matter of if, but when.
As for what hat he’ll wear, I hope it’s a Mets hat — the all blue one, not the silly black one. As previously stated, his numbers with the Mets are better than his numbers with the Royals, and he certainly stood out among a crew of really good players for a few years in Queens. There’s also the belief that achieving greatness in New York, with all the criticism, pomp and circumstance in your face every day, isn’t something every talented player can do. Yet he did it extremely well while being a consummate professional.
At the end of the day, nasty curveball and called third strikes aside and in their rightful place, he will be remembered as one of the greatest Mets of all time. Considering the list of decorated Amazins, that’s pretty special.