Carlos Beltran: American League Player of the Week
Apr 12, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran (36) hits a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Looks like Carlos Beltran missed New York. He is certainly making himself comfortable in the Yankee lineup. Two weeks into his 3-year mega deal with his new club, Beltran has taken home the American League Player of the Week.
Beltran had a monster week. He batted .423 with three home runs and six RBI to go along with seven runs and four doubles. He ended his week as the hero in his first taste of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. He closed out the 4-game series by going 5-for-8 with two home runs, two doubles, and four RBI over the last two games.
Beltran also stepped up last night and played his first innings of his illustrious 17-year career at first base. Due to injuries throughout the week and Sunday night, the Yankees ran out of bench players and turned to Beltran and his experience to man first base. He finished his first (and according to him, last) stint as a first bagger error-free.
The hard-hitting right fielder left New York in 2011, the scape goat of many of the Mets’ problems and collapses. He came back this time around with a chip on his shoulder, looking to prove he is not just a valuable player, but a better leader and great person. It didn’t take long to convince Yankee Universe. Congratulations, Mr. Beltran. Here’s to many more!