It seems that just about everyone has Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran ticketed for a DH gig in the American League next season, or possibly even this one – everyone that is except Carlos Beltran.
“Right now I’m not even thinking about that,” Beltran said. “I want to play in the outfield. I feel like I still can play outfield. If I was terrible in the outfield I would say I need to consider DH. But right now I feel like I can play the outfield.”
“If I wasn’t playing I would say, ‘Yeah, and I would consider being a DH. But right now I’m playing. I feel good. I’m running. I’m doing everything.”
Beltran is having a tremendous campaign and will get strong consideration for Comeback Player of the Year this season. He is hitting .281 with 12 homers and 54 RBI to lead the Mets, and is in the top ten in doubles, RBIs, total bases and OPS in the National League, with a good shot of being a reserve in the All Star game in two weeks.
“I feel great,” Beltran said. “What I can say? I’m healthy, feel good. About numbers, that’s something I don’t worry about. I come to the ballpark every day, work hard and do the things that prepare me for the games. There are going to be some days you have good games and there are going to be others when you look like you have never played baseball before. The season is long, glad I’m able to contribute the way I am.”
Thanks to Steve Popper of The Record for the quotes.