I’ve heard just about every negative thing that has been said about Carlos Beltran. He’s selfish. He’s overrated. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t want to be there. He isn’t clutch.
From my point of view, I don’t think any one of these statements are even close to being true. In yet another way of showing how he is a team player, Carlos Beltran has announced that he will play right field and let the younger Angel Pagan play center. This early announcement will give both players ample time to prepare for the long season.
That sounds like a selfless, important and great teammate to me. He could have waited until Terry Collins said they were going with Pagan, but he took the decision into his own hands and did what was best for the ball club.