Carlos Beltran Houston Astros

Age: 42 (April 24, 1977) | 6' 1" | 215lbs. | Bats: Both OF-14 LF-13 RF-1 DH-107 PH-11
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
STL NL 2013 145 554 79 164 38 90 30 3 24 84 2 1 .296 .339 .491 6 15 .314 35/24/41 28 25
NYY AL 2014 109 403 46 94 37 80 23 0 15 49 3 1 .233 .301 .402 8 18 .252 44/16/39 11 11
NYY A+ 2015 3 7 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .429 .556 .429 22 22 .600 n/a
NYY AL 2015 133 478 57 132 45 85 34 1 19 67 0 0 .276 .337 .471 8 16 .297 36/22/43 17 16
NYY AL 2016 99 359 50 109 22 70 21 0 22 64 0 0 .304 .344 .546 6 18 .321 40/19/41 19 18
TEX AL 2016 52 193 23 54 13 31 12 0 7 29 1 0 .280 .325 .451 6 15 .303 46/24/30 7 7
HOU AL 2017 129 467 60 108 33 102 29 0 14 51 0 0 .231 .283 .383 6 20 .263 43/16/40 6 7
Career 20yrs 2586 9768 1582 2725 1084 1795 565 78 435 1587 312 49 .279 .350 .486 10 16 .299 n/a
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The whole sign stealing accusation saga in a mean girls video

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 19

Jere Longman argues -- weakly, I think -- for opening up the video floodgates.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/sports/sign-stealing.html

Predictably (I still read boxscores in newspapers and get the print version of Baseball America), I vote for turning off all devices before the first pitch of every game and keeping them off until the last pitch. If the video team sees something that needs to be reviewed, they call the manager who is standing in the dugout next to something called a telephone. From the time he picks up the receiver, he has ten seconds to make up his mind.

If batters really need to look at their iPads when a reliever comes in -- if they really think they need to -- they can go into the locker room and do that.

But not in the dugout.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18

The boxscore courtesy of BP (there's even mention of Wally Backman):

You have seen what this looks like if you’ve spent any time online today; the white-noisy rush of one garbage-heavy wave crashing to shore after another might have been audible even if you hadn’t. Slow-motion videos of José Altuve clutching his jersey while rounding the bases after a game-winning homer were circulated and parsed online. A photo of Josh Reddick doing a postgame interview was given the squiggly red circle treatment around what was either tape securing a wire to his chest or a piece of celebratory confetti; Reddick’s wife Jett heatedly insisted it was the latter and signed off with #youallareidiots. A Twitter account purporting to be Beltrán’s niece perfunctorily apologized to her tio, tweeted the details of what it said was a previously unrevealed Astros cheating methodology, then deleted the tweets and then the whole account. It was shortly revealed not to have been Beltrán’s niece at all; Gary Sheffield’s son later posited that it was instead the anonymized account of a former Astros player. Mark Teixeira said Beltrán should be fired for his role in the scheme and Carlos Gomez said Teixeira was a sucker for saying it. Jessica Mendoza, an ESPN analyst who also has a vaguely proscribed consulting job with the Mets, suggested on the radio that the real tragedy of the metastasizing cheating scandal was all the snitching-ass snitches who started it, then tried to clarify it in a statement that mostly just restated the original with more of a Be That How It May tone. This is before we even get to the inevitable Bob Nightengale column. So: not great, really.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 17

They should hire Wally Backman to replace him

Mike Landau ML-
Jan 17

Fired.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 16