I think he's gonna settle in as a Brian Giles-level player -- which is very disappointing for his owners who paid top dollar for him this year. He's not a bad hitter, but he's not a great one either. As for his steals, I think you can forget about them. He's just not running. Not at all.
Beyond that, I'm tired of hearing all the bullsh!t from him and the team about his running. At the beginning of the season, if I recall correctly, the word was that he was NOT gonna run that much. Then the fans started going ballistic at his crap-ola performance, and he said he would be running but for a mysterious leg injury. Willie chimed in and assured everyone that he had the green light. "Just wait," they all said. Well, he has since recovered from the injury -- or so the team says -- and what happened? SQUAT.
There are two options, and neither of them are good for Beltran's owners. First, he is fine but just doesn't plan to run. Second, the leg injury is still bothering him. In either case, it would be unreasonable to expect a lot from him in 2005.
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