One of the best subplots of the Astros' World Series championship last season was Carlos Beltran finally getting a championship ring. While Beltran wasn't a key factor for Houston, seeing the future Hall of Famer, one of the best playoff hitters of all time, win a championship in his seventh postseason was one of the more heartwarming stories in a rather heartwarming October.
Everybody loves to see a vet finally get his title. This got us to thinking: What other old-timers would we love to see win a title who haven't won one yet? Thus, this week at The Thirty, we take a look at the Carlos Beltran on each time: The veteran, or just inspiring story, who you'd most like to see win that elusive championship. Obviously, there's not much hope for some of these guys; the Orioles have already been eliminated, after all. But you never know. These are the players who never got a title … but someday should.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
The longtime catcher has been around so long he was drafted by the Expos. Martin has reached the postseason a whopping nine times, but he has never reached the World Series.
We know Jones wants to stay in Baltimore, and he has earned that right … but it sure would be nice to see him in the Fall Classic someday.
Gomez has played for four teams in the postseason, none of them the Rays.
Sale's going to have a Hall of Fame case to make someday, and having a World Series title would be a handy little feather in his cap.
After all those years in Miami, a World Series feels like Stanton's due. His next postseason game will be his first.
We'd like to see Davis get a chance to hit another Game 7 homer.
Boyer has pitched for 12 seasons and for nine teams -- including Boston, St. Louis and Atlanta -- and he has still never appeared in a postseason game.
Remember: Jose Cabrera won a title in 2003 with the Marlins.
A World Series is the one thing Mauer hasn't given the Twins.
Big Game James was much better in his 2008 World Series appearance for the Rays than he was in his 2014 World Series appearances for the Royals.
Still waiting for that first postseason win. It looks like Trout will still be waiting this October.
Well, everyone else has one.
It has been 12 years since Rodney was last in the World Series … but it sure would be fun to see a World Series game end with the bow and arrow.
Just remember not to put Cruz in right field during a clinching game.
The easiest pick on the board. We should call every beloved veteran trying to win a ring before he reaches the Hall of Fame "The Beltre."
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
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Markakis has only made the postseason once (2014) in his whole career.
Castro left the Cubs right before they won one.
Imagine that bat flip in the World Series.
Like Sale, Scherzer could use the Hall of Fame credentials of a championship.
So close in 2016. All players on the '11 Rangers and '16 Indians get serious consideration for this list.
The 2011 season was probably supposed to be the one for Braun and the Brewers.
Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and Matt Carpenter (who was a rookie in 2011) all have rings already.
This 11-year vet has pitched for nine teams, but never in the postseason. Also almost everybody else on the team has a ring already.
Nova's rookie year was right after the Yankees won their most recent title.
Is Votto going to be Beltre in four years?
The good news is that Ziegler might pitch until he's 60, giving him plenty of chances.
Kershaw's career is going to feel incomplete without one.
Cutch could become quite the mercenary the next few years trying to find the best place to get his ring.
Any championship team needs the Veteran Backup Catcher.
The best way to get the respect often denied Rockies players is to win them a championship.