Astros saw birth of ‘Baby Bombers’

Tampa Bay Times - - Baseball -

Car­los Bel­tran and Brian McCann spent most of the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons as team­mates with the Yan­kees, so they got to see the birth of the Bronx Baby Bombers they will face in the ALCS.

“It is a lit­tle crazy,” said McCann, the 33-year-old catcher who was traded by New York to Hous­ton last win­ter. “But when I was be­hind the scenes and got to see these young guys play, per­form and the way (Aaron) Judge came out this year, it’s no sur­prise they’re in the po­si­tion they’re in.”

Bel­tran and McCann are now two of the old guys for another team with plenty of tal­ented youth — the Astros. Both veterans hope for another shot to fi­nally win a World Se­ries ring.

Bel­tran, the 40-year-old DH in his 20th sea­son, ad­mits he was a bit sur­prised at how quickly the young­sters de­vel­oped. “It’s good to watch, it’s very re­fresh­ing to watch,” said Bel­tran, who was sent from New York to Texas at the trade dead­line last sum­mer, then re­turned to Hous­ton in free agency. Many have cred­ited Bel­tran with hav­ing a big im­pact on Didi Gre­go­rius, the short­stop who suc­ceeded Jeter and home­red twice in the ALDS clincher at Cleve­land.

“I was the guy who pro­vided that lit­tle bit of in­for­ma­tion for (Gre­go­rius on ad­just­ments),” Bel­tran said. “I don’t take credit for that. He’s the one who did it.”

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