Player Profile: Carlos Beltran
The 35 year old Carlos Beltran was taken out with the trash by the Mets (though the Mets got a nice prospect) and let walk by the Giants. All he’s done since is lead the league in RBI (65 on 7.16.12). The revitalized Beltran has quietly amassed quite a collection of hardware over the years, including seven All-Star selections, two Silver Sluggers (’06, ’07), and a Rookie of the Year (’99). Beltran is also a new member of the very exclusive 300-300 Club, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Andre Dawson, Reggie Sanders and Steve Finley as the only members of the club.
It is that unique combination of power, speed and grace that make Beltran such a joy to watch.
Beltran is on board the Marucci bandwagon, swinging his exclusive model, the CB15. This IS available online contrary to what I wrote in my Home Run Derby post (I was in a rush—my bad).
We couldn’t figure out the measurements, but it is a LDM or low-density maple, and the Los15 designation is probably just for Carlos.
In years past, Beltran has also swung an M9 C243, like the one below.
Carlos’ current bat is available online, but last year’s C243 is not available.
- Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America.
Beltran’s batting gloves are the Nike Diamond Elite Pro style. He wears the blue you see above for away games and red for home games. They are both available online.
Beltran also wears the Pro Hitter on his thumb, a piece of equipment that is known to generate bat speed by helping you grip the handle with your fingers and not bury it in your palm. This is available online, and Beltran has been seen wearing blue and white.
Beltran’s leg guard that he wears on his front foot on both sides of the plate is an All-Star LGB2. This is available online, though not with his special customizations like the red lining on the toe and the “3” on the heel.
As you can see in the above photo, Beltran’s Nike Diamond Elite Fly cleats are not like those in the feature. That’s because his are exclusives, and he has worn a few different versions this year. His latest are the away versions you see above, and the following pair he has been wearing at home:
- Source: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America
Beltran’s versions are fresh as hell, but unfortunately they are not available, though there are several versions of the Diamond Elite Fly available online.
Here are the links:
Nike Diamond Elite Pro Batting Gloves (Beltran’s homes are the red/white and his aways are the blue/white)
Pro Hitter (Just a general search)
- Carlos Beltran wears an A2K 1799 that would look great if he was still playing for the Giants. Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America
Carlos Beltran hasn’t made a ton of highlight reel plays this year, but you’ve got to expect a slightly less aggressive style considering the knee brace he is forced to wear after microfracture surgery in 2010. As much as that may slightly slow him down, the reason Beltran is left off highlight reels is because he makes plays look a lot easier than other guys might have to. Whereas a guy like Curtis Granderson might start in on a ball and have to use dazzling speed and an athletic leap to catch up to it, Beltran’s ability to judge a ball right off the bat and flawless footwork make outstanding plays look almost ordinary. As spectacular as those plays might be for the ever-nauseating Sportscenter, you can’t knock Beltran’s cool. Or his three Gold Gloves (’06-’08). Or his two Fielding Bible Awards (‘o6, ’08).
If anyone questions whether Beltran’s heart was (left) in San Francisco, look no futher than the leather he holds so close to it. Seriously though, it is pretty funny to see him wearing a blatantly Giants-colored glove in St. Louis. It’s a nice little reminder to the Giants what they’re missing, namely one of the best right fielders in baseball on both sides of the ball.
The glove is a Wilson A2K 1799 in a custom color scheme exactly like the one you see above. The only difference between the one Beltran wears and the one you can make on the Wilson Custom Glove Builder is that Beltran’s is an A2K and yours will be an A2000. The difference according to Wilson is that the A2K is a finer cut of leather, and that the A2K receives more hand-shaping at the factory. Regardless, here are the specs…
SERIES – A2000
Model – 1799
- Palm – Black
- Web – Black
- Back Fingers – Orange
- Thumb Strip – Black
- Wrist – Black
- Super Skin – No
- Lacing – Orange
- Welting – Orange
- Binding – Black
- Wilson Back – Black
- Wilson Front – Orange
- A2000 – Orange
- Web Stitching – Black
- Shell Stitching – Black
- Name – BELTRAN
- Font Color – Black
- Font Style – block
- MLB Logo Colors – Royal Blue/White/Red
- Throwing Hand – Right
- Stiffness – Pro Stiff
- Long Laces – No
- Pro Sleeve™ – No
You can also see the glove specs with photos on our Twitter. What’s even funnier is that Beltran didn’t even use this glove in San Francisco…
- Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images
You can also get the A2K 1799, just not in Beltran’s colors, and not customizable on Wilson’s site unfortunately.
Beltran’s sunglasses are the Kaenon Hard Kore style, with JM10 frames (matte black/white) and G12 lenses (black). These are available online in his colors at Kaenon.com and in many more colors online.
Beltran also wears a Phiten Tornado necklace in red/white that you can also find online.
Here are the links:
Wilson A2K 1799 Glove (Google Shopping search of all A2K 1799 gloves)
Wilson Custom Glove Builder (Click “BASEBALL” under “CREATE A CUSTOM GLOVE”)
Kaenon Hard Kore Sunglasses (JM10-G12, Beltran’s specs)
Kaenon Hard Kore Sunglasses (General)