Carlos Ivan Beltran (born April 24, 1977) is the Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. Beltrn is known for being one of the best all-time statistical hitters in Major League Baseball postseason games, which has earned him nicknames such as 'the new Mr.October', 'Mr.October, Jr.' and 'the real Mr.October' from the media. He leads several offensive categories during this month, including slugging percentage and at bats per home run-ratio. Beltrn is MLB's all-time leader in OPS (on-base plus slugging) during the postseason, surpassing Babe Ruth and Lou Gherig among players with at least a hundred at-bats. He has broken the 1.000 OPS mark in four different October series. In his youth, Beltran excelled in many sports, with volleyball and baseball being his favorites. At his father's urging, he gave up volleyball to concentrate on baseball when he was seventeen.