Carlos Beltran's ups and downs with the Mets
Here is a look at Carlos Beltran's best and worst moments in a Mets uniform in almost seven full seasons of service.
Jan. 11, 2005: The Mets signed Beltran to a seven-year, $119-million deal, the largest in franchise history at the time. Beltran also received a lot of interest from the Yankees after an excellent postseason with the Houston Astros where he batted .435 with eight home runs and 14 RBIs in 12 games.
April 4, 2005: In his first game as a Met, Beltran was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.
April 18, 2005: Collected his 1,000th career hit against the Phillies with a ninth-inning single in Philadelphia.
Aug. 11, 2005: In a game against the Padres in San Diego, Beltran collided head-to-head with teammate Mike Cameron while diving for the ball. Cameron missed the rest of the year with a concussion. Beltran suffered vertigo following the hit and missed four games.
Sept. 26: 2006: Tied Todd Hundley (1996) for the Mets' single-season home run record by smacking his 41st home run of the season.
Oct. 15, 2006: In Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, Beltran hit two solo home runs in a 12-5 win. Beltran batted .296 with three homers in the seven-game series, which the Mets lost.
Oct. 19, 2006: Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning during Game 7 of the NLCS, Beltran came to bat with the bases loaded. Adam Wainwright struck Beltran out looking to end the series and deny the Mets a trip to the World Series.
July 10, 2007: Elected to the All-Star game and goes 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. He was the only NL player voted by the fans to start each game from 2005-07.
July 31, 2007: Beltran is placed on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique. He returns to the Mets on Aug. 10. In his first game back, Beltran hits a three-run homer in a loss to the Marlins at Shea Stadium.
Oct. 3, 2007: Beltran has surgery on the patella tendon on both knees at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
2008 regular season: Beltran records his seventh season of 20 or more homers and 20 or more steals. Only Bobby Bonds, Barry Bonds, Eric Davis and Bobby Abreu have done it that many times or more. Beltran also reached base safely in 144 of his 159 starts.
April 17-May 5, 2009: Beltran has a career high 16-game hitting streak. His previous best was 15 in 2004 while a member of the Royals and Astros.
June 22, 2009: Beltran is placed on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise on his right knee. He returns on Sept. 8 after missing 70 games. He was elected to the All-Star team, but did not play because of the injury.
Jan. 13, 2010: Beltran had surgery on his right knee during the offseason. The surgery was done by his personal doctor. The Mets stated that this surgery was done without their permission. Beltran and agent Scott Boras said the Mets were aware of the surgery. Beltran missed the first 88 games of the season before returning on July 15.
Sept. 28, 2010: Beltran leaves during a game against the Brewers with discomfort in his right knee and missed the final week of the season. Beltran played in a career-low 64 games.
July 12, 2011: Beltran plays in his fifth All-Star game as a member of the Mets and sixth of his career. It is his first All-Star appearance since 2009. Beltran bats second for the NL and goes 1-for-2 with a run scored.
July 27, 2011: It was always a matter of when, not if when it came to trading Carlos Beltran. The six-time All-Star was traded to the San Francisco Giants for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. The Mets will pay $4 million of the roughly $6 million left on Beltran's contract in 2011. In almost seven seasons in Queens, Beltran batted .280 with 149 home runs and 559 RBIs in 839 games.