June 15, 2012

Carlos Beltran Reaches Elite Milestone

During the St. Louis Cardinals’ loss to the Kansas City Royals Friday night, Carlos Beltran pulled off what no other switch hitter ever has.

But, really, the milestone has little to do with his bat.

With a stolen base in the second inning (his seventh of the season), the outfielder became the first switch hitter in Major League history to accumulate 300 steals and 300 home runs.  And, overall, he became just the the eighth player overall to achieve the feat.

Incredibly, there are only nine switch hitters who have 300 career home runs (Beltran has 321), and of those nine, only Mickey Mantle had any sort of history on the base paths.

He finished his career with 153 career steals.


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