Carlos Beltran's postseason career numbers are staggering, and he's finding a way to raise them in this year's NLCS between the Giants and Cardinals.
As the boys from HardBallTalk.com point out, among players with 100 playoff at-bats, Beltran is the career leader in postseason batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.
Beltran, who has 137 postseason plate appearances, can't hold a candle to the totals of perennial playoff contenders like Derek Jeter. Jeter has 734 postseason plate appearances, almost 200 more than the next player. But when it comes to the averages, Beltran is king.
Beltran is 3-for-7 (.429) with a home run and two doubles against the Giants through the first two games of this year's NLCS. And he was 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs and three doubles in the Cardinals' NLDS win over the Nationals.
Batting average:Carlos Beltran -- .378
Carlos Beltran -- .489
Lou Gehrig -- .477
Babe Ruth -- .467
Slugging percentage:Carlos Beltran -- .838
Babe Ruth -- .744
Lou Gehrig -- .731
Carlos Beltran -- 1.327
Babe Ruth -- 1.211
Lou Gehrig -- 1.208
After five seasons with the Giants, outfielder Gregor Blanco has a new home.
The veteran outfielder has agreed to a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to his agent Wilfredo Polidor.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
The deal includes a $1 million base salary if Blanco makes the major league roster, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Blanco has a chance to earn an addition $2.7 million in performance-based incentives and has an opt-out of April 1 in the deal.
Shortly after Polidor made the announcement, Blanco thanked the D'backs on Twitter for the bringing him to the organization.
"Thanks to the
@Dbacks for let me part of a dream the same dream I got another ring another championship let's all dream together we can doit," Blanco wrote.
Blanco bounced around from Braves to the Royals from 2008 to 2010, but found a home with the Giants prior to the 2012 season.
Over five seasons with the Giants, Blanco appeared in 649 games. He hit .259/.338/.360 with 244 runs scored, 78 doubles, 24 triples, 19 home runs, 157 RBI and 75 stolen bases.
President Barack Obama pardoned Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey on Tuesday.
McCovey, along with Dodgers Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in July of 1995. The crime came from not reporting income McCovey earned from signing autographs and appearing at sports memorabilia shows.
McCovey previously pleaded guilty to not listing $70,000 he made from 1988-90, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Through the Giants, McCovey said: "I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans. He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future."
The 79-year-old McCovey was one of 64 people who received pardons from President Obama Tuesday as his final days in office wind down.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.