Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran has 16 HR, 39 RBI, 13 doubles and 35 walks, while batting .335 with a .450 OBP in 49 career postseason games.
In his 16-year career, spanning more than 2,000 games, he is batting .283 with a .359 OBP, .496 SLG and a 122 career OPS+.
He’s 36 years old and he can’t play forever. So, sooner than later, people are going to start debating whether he is a Hall of Fame player or not.
The next question will be: Who’s hat will he wear?
He played 839 games for the Mets, including six and a half seasons before being dealt to the Giants for Zack Wheeler. He played more games, hit more home runs and drove in more runs for the Mets than for any other team. Beltran recently acknowledged he could enter the Hall of Fame wearing a Mets hat, assuming he’s voted in.
“I don’t know how that works,” Beltran said. “But, yeah, it could happen.”
As a Mets fan, I’d be proud to see Beltran in Cooperstown wearing blue and orange. He’s an incredible baseball player, but he was often under-appreciated and misunderstood by lots of Mets fans. It’s weird to think he could be representing this franchise, when so many of it’s fans still don’t like him. I’m not sure how often that happens in MLB.