NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran's 2016 season has been an all-out rewrite of baseball's record books, and Tuesday was no different.With a home run in the first inning of Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Angels, his 15th of the season and the 407th of his career, Beltran became the 38th
NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran's 2016 season has been an all-out rewrite of baseball's record books, and Tuesday was no different.
With a home run in the first inning of Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Angels, his 15th of the season and the 407th of his career, Beltran became the 38th player in Major League history to record 1,000 extra-base hits. Of those 38, Beltran is just the fourth switch-hitter to do so.
By hitting his 407th homer, Beltran tied Duke Snider, New York baseball royalty, for 53rd place on the all-time home run list. After he passes Snider, the next player he'll be chasing on the list is former Yankee Alfonso Soriano with 412 home runs.
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Earlier this season, Beltran became the 54th member of the 400 home run club, joining just Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones as switch-hitters to reach that plateau. Beltran also became the seventh player in MLB history with 1,000 extra-base hits, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases, a mark he shares with Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Tris Speaker, Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio and Alex Rodriguez.
Only a couple of days into June, Beltran has joined rarified air more times this season than he probably remembers. He's cemented himself as one of the greatest switch-hitters of all time, one of the greatest Puerto Rican ballplayers of all time and, arguably, a future Hall of Famer. But to Beltran, this is all just a product of longevity.
"Being able to play this game for a long time, you're going to get to certain milestones," Beltran said. "I don't come to the ballpark thinking about them. When I get close to a milestone, I hear it from [the media]. … This is what I love to do, and this is what I've done all my life. The fact that I've been getting to those milestones is a great accomplishment."
But the big picture isn't the only thing worth focusing on when it comes to the 39-year-old's season. Beltran's 2016 has been something of a renaissance for his power. He hit just 19 home runs in 133 games in 2015, but has already notched 15 in 57 this season.
Though Beltran joked that he hasn't found a fountain of youth stored away in the Yankees' clubhouse, his numbers may lead you to assume that. Among American League outfielders, only Mark Trumbo has more home runs than Beltran and only Trumbo and Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. have higher slugging percentages. On top of that, Beltran is the Yankees' leader or co-leader in hits, runs scored, total bases, RBIs, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage.
If you add everything together, Beltran is putting himself in the position to be an All-Star for the ninth time in his career, an honor that if it were to come true, Beltran would certainly not take lightly.
"If you get selected to be an All-Star, that's great," Beltran said. "I think I've been in those about eight times and all of them are special. I cannot say there is one more special than the others. I think just the fact that you're being selected to be there and be a part of that special group, that really means a lot."
Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.