As Carlos Beltran is one of the best switch-hitters of all time, Reyes, a very good switch-hitter in his own right, is wise to accept his advice. If Beltran retires after 2017, which he has said he is planning on doing, he will be eligible for the Hall of Fame five years later. Then the question becomes what hat he will wear in Cooperstown?
His two options seem to be either a Mets hat or a Royals hat. He began his career in Kansas City in 1998, and stayed there until he was traded to Houston during the 2004 season. During that span, he won the Rookie Of The Year and made one All Star appearance.
He then signed a 7-year deal with the Mets, whereupon he made five All-Star appearances, won three consecutive Gold Gloves, and earned two Silver Slugger awards. He led the Mets to the NLCS in 2006 against the Cardinals, whereupon his memory was forever tarnished when he was bested by Adam Wainwright‘s curveball.
In his career, Beltran has slashed .281/.354/.492 with 2617 hits, 421 home runs, 1,536 RBIs, 312 stolen bases, and a 70.4 WAR. Hopefully he will be enshrined with a Mets hat on, but until then, Jose Reyes should definitely listen to whatever hitting advice he has to offer.