Yelich loud, Yelich proud

There are many things I carry from my years of writing about some pretty terrible Kansas City Royals teams … but one that stands out is the memory of watching young Carlos Beltrán play ball. It wasn’t just that Beltrán was a five-tool joy to watch, it’s that so few people around the country seemed to know it. In the early 2000s, Beltrán was as thrilling as any player in the game. But he didn’t make an All-Star team. He didn’t win any Gold Gloves. He didn’t lead the league in anything except games played in 2002.

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