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Exit Interview: Carlos Beltran

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
To give myself a reason to look back on this season, I've started this series of blog posts to review each player that spent time in St. Louis during 2012.  More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny's office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter.

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Season stats: 151 games, 547 AB, 26 2B, 1 3B, 32 HR, 97 RBI, 65 BB, 124 K, .269/.346/.495, 13 SB

Hero/Goat: Hero 8, Goat 10

Overall grade: A

Positives: For the second straight year, John Mozeliak's foray into signing a veteran paid off immensely.  While the idea of him playing center field never really came to fruition (just getting a couple of starts there), Beltran played like his old self in the first half of the season, with 15 home runs by the end of May and a nice average to go with them.  He also was a performer in the postseason, showing the style and production that had Cardinal fans cursing him in 2004 and 2006.

Negatives: While Beltran's first half was incredible, it served to overshadow his struggles after the All-Star Break.  Beltran hit just .236/.302/.440 after his night in Kansas City and that was including his strong kick in September (.280/.350/.496).  Beltran had knee problems throughout the summer and into the playoffs, though he was able to overcome those in October and stay in the lineup.  The biggest negative, however, had to be a personal one for him. Three times the Cardinals have denied him the World Series in a Game 7.  This time, though, he wasn't on the opposing team.

Outlook: Beltran likely played too much this season, in part because he was playing so well that it was impossible to get him out of the lineup.  Look for Matheny to use him a bit more judiciously next year, especially if Oscar Taveras finally makes his major league debut.  There's no reason why a rested Beltran can't give the Cardinals numbers that are a reasonable facsimile of his first year wearing the Cardinal red.  While injuries are always a possibility with him, there seems to be little likelihood that the second year of this veteran will be a replica of the second year of the last veteran bat Mo signed.


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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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