Best Spokane Indian Ever Head-to-Head: No. 3 Carlos Beltran vs. - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Best Spokane Indian Ever Head-to-Head: No. 3 Carlos Beltran vs. No. 6 Royce Bolinger

Posted:
Will the consummate pro or the local college hero win the No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup? (Photo: Spokane Indians) Will the consummate pro or the local college hero win the No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup? (Photo: Spokane Indians)
  • BaseballMore>>

  • LaMarre's single lifts Twins over Indians 2-1 in 16 innings

    LaMarre's single lifts Twins over Indians 2-1 in 16 innings

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:36 AM EDT2018-04-19 10:36:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti). Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios throws in the fourth inning of the final game of a two-game Mayor League Series against the Cleveland Indians at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Apri...(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti). Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios throws in the fourth inning of the final game of a two-game Mayor League Series against the Cleveland Indians at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Apri...
    Just enough power: Eddie Rosario scores winning run in 16th inning as Twins top Indians 2-1.More >>
    Just enough power: Eddie Rosario scores winning run in 16th inning as Twins top Indians 2-1.More >>
  • Mets rally for 9 runs in 8th inning to stun Nationals, 11-5

    Mets rally for 9 runs in 8th inning to stun Nationals, 11-5

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:35 AM EDT2018-04-19 10:35:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens). New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in New York.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens). New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in New York.
    Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5, preventing a three-game sweep.More >>
    Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5, preventing a three-game sweep.More >>
  • LEADING OFF: Stanton tries to break slump, Freeman injured

    LEADING OFF: Stanton tries to break slump, Freeman injured

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:35 AM EDT2018-04-19 10:35:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson). New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson). New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York.
    LEADING OFF: Stanton tries to break pinstripe slump, Freeman hopes for best on wrist, Ohtani could return to lineup.More >>
    LEADING OFF: Stanton tries to break pinstripe slump, Freeman hopes for best on wrist, Ohtani could return to lineup.More >>
With the voting in our best-ever Spokane Indian poll heating up, SWX will take a look at the matchups over the next few days to help you make a more educated vote, if not a slanted and biased one based off of local media trying to persuade you to vote for their man! Here is the pairing between seeds No. 3 and No. 6. Make sure you share this with every Indians fan you know as the list will be cut down to 4 on Monday, June 2.

You can cast your vote for all of the final field of eight here: bit.ly/1klQ0MS

No. 3 seed Carlos Beltran: The Best in the Bigs: Carlos Beltran (by John Collett)

Carlos Beltran spent just one summer in Spokane while playing for the Indians in 1996. During that short stretch, his numbers might be easy to overlook. In just 59 games, Beltran finished the year with 29 RBI’s, 29 runs, and 7 home runs. Those numbers seem good but not great. However, Spokane was where it all began for Beltran, as he later became the best Spokane Indian to ever play in Major League Baseball.

He came on the scene in 1999 with Kansas City and claimed the AL Rookie of the Year honor. Beltran now plays for the Yankees in his 17th season playing the big leagues. Eight of those years Carlos has played in the All-Star game.

The thing about Beltran is he’s a total player with top tier abilities on offense and defense. He hit 100+ RBI’s eight times in his career, including a stretch from 2006-2008 where he averaged 113 RBI’s for the Mets. During that peak in his career, he claimed Silver Sluggers honors in ’06 and ’07, while also winning three straight gold gloves from ’06 - ‘08.

The other number to look at is $119 million. That’s how much Beltran’s contract was worth when he signed a seven-year deal with the New York Mets back in 2005. That contract is the biggest signed by any of the former Spokane Indians on this list, and makes Beltran deserving of a first round win over Royce Bolinger.

No. 6 seed Royce Bolinger: Royce--the Peoples Choice--Bolinger (by Josh Ouellette)

Gonzaga baseball fans called for his inclusion. His stats in a short A season a couple years back allowed him to be worth the mention. So there he is, Royce Bolinger, the hero of the Spokane area who made the cut based on the love the residents of the Lilac City and Gonzaga fans from across the country had for him.

But does he deserve to beat Carlos Beltran? Easily one of the greatest players of his era. John Collett told you more about him. The original article with the seeding can give you his stats and career attributes. But does he know Spokane? Does he have the same ties that Bolinger has here? No. Royce may hail from Scottsdale, Ariz. but he will always be a local boy here in the Inland Northwest.

While with the Indians, Bolinger hit .301, Beltran only hit .270 in front of the Avista Stadium faithful almost two decades ago. In more games played (66-59), Bolinger struck out only 37 times compared to Beltran's 65 Ks. Bolinger is only in his third minor league season, but his batting average sits at .287 and he's currently tearing it up in Myrtle Beach with the Rangers high-A ball affiliate . Beltran has a minor-league career BA of .271, and that includes inflation's from rehab assignments where the all-star outfielder played anywhere from two to 14 games and hit a lower class of pitching than he was used too.

Should Royce Bolinger be named the greatest Spokane Indian of all time? That's for you to decide. But when looking at the former Zag standout vs. his higher seeded counterpart on an even playing field, Bolinger wins.

What makes one the greatest Spokane Indian of all time? Is it a statline while he was here? Is it what he went on to do after his time in AAA or A level baseball? Or is it what the man means to the area and the people of Spokane? Something tells me it's the latter.

It's not too late! It's never too late. Voting doesn't close until Sunday, June 1, at 11:59:59. So go vote for Royce Bolinger because he is one of your own, your man, not just some name passing through.

Voting for this poll has closed! Come back to vote in the semi-final round on Tuesday, June 3, at 9:00 a.m. PDT! 





  • Pro

    • Mariners drop 2nd straight to Astros, 7-1

      Pitcher Mike Leake gave struck out seven batters, but gave up five earned runs in the loss.

    • Mariners surrender 9 hits in 4-1 loss to Astros

      Reliever Dan Altavilla came into the game in the 6th inning, but gave up two runs and ultimately suffered the loss.

    • Mariners move to 9-5 on the year.

      Mariners improve to 9-5 after win over Astros

      The Mariners first run came in the 4th inning when Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run to left field and their second run came in the 7th inning off a Dee Gordon double.

    • Photo: Seattle Seahawks

      Seahawks re-sign quarterback Austin Davis

      The Seahawks made a handful of roster moves Monday as the team kicked off its offseason workout program, including the re-signing of quarterback Austin Davis.

    • Golden Knights Trainer Mike Muir Remembers Beginnings in Billings

      Back in 1995, Mike Muir was just looking a foot in the door as he took an athletic training position with the Billings Bulls under then head coach Bliss Littler. Little did he know, that job would change his life.

    • Seager hits two-run HR in 8th

      Mariner bats help defeat A's 10-8

      Saturday night the Seattle Mariner offense was scorching hot--pouring in 17 hits and four home runs en route to the 10-8 win over the Oakland Athletics. In the top of the 7th, Daniel Vogelbach delivered a 433-foot home run to right field that helped clinch the M's eighth victory of the season. Kyle Seager, Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger also chipped in home runs of their own as the M's improved to 8-4 on the season. They'll go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon with Felix Hernandez ...
    • Photo: Seattle Sounders

      MLS suspends Clint Dempsey one additional match

      Dempsey, 35, is in his fifth full season with the club after signing in August 2013. The USMNT veteran ranks second in club history to Fredy Montero with 46 goals and 388 shots.

    • Photo: Seattle Seahawks

      Seahawks sign former 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson

      Johnson, 26, started all 16 games for the 49ers last season, recording 77 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception, which he returned 50 yards for a touchdown.

    • Seager hits two-run HR in 8th

      Seager lifts Mariners past Royals, 4-2

      The game was tied 2-2 in the eighth inning when Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run (2nd HR of Season) to lift the Mariners to victory.

    • Photo: Spokane Chiefs/Larry Brunt

      Ty Smith named WHL Western Conference Scholastic Player of the Year

      Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith has been named WHL Western Conference Scholastic Player of the Year, as announced by the Western Hockey League on April 11.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Spokane IndiansSpokane IndiansMore>>

  • Indians season ends after 2-1 loss to Canadians

    Indians season ends after 2-1 loss to Canadians

    Indians eliminated in 1st round of the NWL PlayoffsIndians eliminated in 1st round of the NWL Playoffs

    Vancouver started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base with two outs on a walk, Logan Warmoth advanced to second on a walk by Kacy Clemens and then scored on a single by Riley Adams.

    More >>

    Vancouver started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base with two outs on a walk, Logan Warmoth advanced to second on a walk by Kacy Clemens and then scored on a single by Riley Adams.

    More >>
  • Indians drop Game 1 of NWL Playoffs to Canadians

    Indians drop Game 1 of NWL Playoffs to Canadians

    Game 2 will be played tomorrow in VancouverGame 2 will be played tomorrow in Vancouver

    In the bottom of the ninth, Spokane saw its comeback attempt come up short after Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single, driving in Pedro Gonzalez to get within one.

    More >>

    In the bottom of the ninth, Spokane saw its comeback attempt come up short after Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single, driving in Pedro Gonzalez to get within one.

    More >>
  • Hazardous air quality postpones Game one of NWL Playoffs

    Hazardous air quality postpones Game one of NWL Playoffs

    Game one is now scheduled for Wednesday in Vancouver. Photo: Spokane IndiansGame one is now scheduled for Wednesday in Vancouver. Photo: Spokane Indians

    Due to the current air quality conditions and forecast, the Spokane Indians and the Northwest League have postponed tonight's game scheduled at Avista Stadium. Game one will be moved to Vancouver and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th at 7:05 PM.

    More >>

    Due to the current air quality conditions and forecast, the Spokane Indians and the Northwest League have postponed tonight's game scheduled at Avista Stadium. Game one will be moved to Vancouver and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th at 7:05 PM.

    More >>