We are only 13 games into the season and Carlos Beltran has already cemented his named with another Yankee great. On Sunday night, in the bottom of the third inning, Beltran blasted a 2-run home run to left field off of Boston starter Felix Doubront. It was Beltran’s third home run of the season and his 361st all time.
What does this mean? With that home run, Beltran ties New York Yankees‘ great Joe DiMaggio for 78th on the all-time home run list. The baseball world knows DiMaggio more for his famous 56 consecutive game hit streak, a record that may never be broken. Joe was never really known for his power, but nevertheless 361 home runs is a pretty good number especially for a Hall of Famer.
What does this mean for Carlos Beltran? Is he a future Hall of Famer? The numbers are there. If he could finish the season strong with around 20 or more home runs, he would end up finishing around 64th all-time. Beltran is arguably one of the best players to ever come out of Puerto Rico. He has bounced around the league as the Yankees are Beltran’s 6th landing spot.
The one thing Beltran is missing in his illustrious career is a World Series ring. He has come very close from Houston in 2004 all the way to St. Louis last year. Beltran hopes his final years with the Yankees can finally give him that ring. He has plenty of personal hardware–a Silver Slugger, a Gold Glove, and he is an 8-time All-Star, but I bet if you asked him if he would trade all of that away from a ring the answer would be a no-doubt yes!