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Carlos Beltran looking out for his legacy

Updated: April 22, 2013, 11:12 AM ET
By Buster Olney

PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Beltran waited for his turn in batting practice Sunday evening, and talked about his future. Beltran turns 36 on Wednesday, and as he acknowledged, you do start to think about legacy as you get older.

Beltran has 2,081 career hits, 1,255 RBIs and 338 homers, and he has reached that time when he is beginning to climb past all-time greats on the all-time lists. With four more home runs, for example, he will match Ron Santo, and with 10 more, he'll match Yogi Berra.

What became clear from the talk with Beltran is that he doesn't know exactly where he stands all-time among switch-hitters, among players from his homeland of Puerto Rico -- but his legacy will be part of his decision when it comes time to decide where to play next. Down the road, Beltran will be open to the idea of going to the American League and serving as a designated hitter, something that Chipper Jones could have done but chose not to do.

Beltran served as a DH in the World Baseball Classic and wasn't completely comfortable in the role. Players who are accustomed to being in the field talk about how difficult it is to make the adjustment to waiting in the dugout or clubhouse in the 30 to 45 minutes between plate appearances.

"If that happens," Beltran said, "I know exactly who I will call first -- Edgar Martinez."

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