Baseball Crank
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July 31, 2006
BASEBALL: Slugger's Progress

Carlos Beltran's slugging percentages by month, 2005:

.421, .494, .376, .458, .378, .378, .286*

In 2006:

.605, .603, .642, .656.

* - 7 at bats in October

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:05 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

While Beltran will probably not slug .650 for his career, which is about what Ted did, he generally does slug around .550, which is about what Stan did. Now is Carlos Beltran as good as Stan Musial? Good question, and no it's not heretical to ask. The Mets acquired a terrific player, and batting with Delgado and Wright in the batting order, and Reyes always driving people crazy ahead of him lets Beltran, who is also clearly a pretty smart player, do great.

Of course, if he plays like this for another decade, then the Stan comments can come.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at July 31, 2006 12:28 PM

Musial in his prime not only often slugged .600 and once over .700, he regularly had OBPs around .430/.440 (.417 for his career, .431 thru age 33). Beltran at his best (2004, 2006) can close the gap on Stan with CF defense and base stealing, but he's still not at Musial's peak level, to say nothing of his long career. Still, it's high praise indeed that Beltran is having the kind of season you could compare to Musial at all with a straight face.

Posted by: The Crank at July 31, 2006 12:40 PM

Crank, that was my only point. And that if you slug .650 for a decade, then you can indeed talk about Stan. That's how good Beltran's year is now, and how great Stan was.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at July 31, 2006 12:51 PM
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