For a decade, Hundley’s 41 home runs stood alone above everyone else. Then a free agent named Carlos Beltran came to town and tied it.
Beltran is our number three greatest slugger in team history. By one spot, he’s also the best Carlos suit up for them.
His .500 career slugging percentage with the Mets ranks number five while his 149 home runs rank at number six. As someone who did a whole lot more right for them, his power totals sometimes get overlooked.
All of these accolades were accomplished in parts of seven seasons with the Mets. In three of those seasons, Beltran played in fewer than 100 games due to injuries and a 2011 trade. We can only foam at the mouth imagining how many more home runs he could have hit in his Mets career.
Beltran was more than a pure power hitter. In fact, in his first year with the Mets, he only launched 16 home runs.
All of that changed in 2006 with the 41 bombs he hit in 617 plate appearances. Beltran clearly found his power stroke, putting his name in the Mets history books forever.