CARDS EXTRAS

Beltran hopes to play three more years

2013-07-17T10:20:00Z 2013-07-17T11:45:06Z Beltran hopes to play three more yearsBy Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285 stltoday.com

NEW YORK • Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran found a familiar sight waiting for him when he reported to the National League clubhouse Monday afternoon. There was his old locker, the locker he had for years as a Met at Citi Field, waiting for him.

Beltran said he wouldn’t mind spending at least three more years in a big-league clubhouse and that, yes, Cooperstown has been on his mind.

“I would say three more years, just to say a number,” said Beltran, whose contract with the Cardinals expires at the end of this season.

“This is my 15th (season). If I could do (three more), that would be a good career for me. Now that I have heard a lot about (the Hall of Fame) I do think about it, and let’s hope I can stay healthy for the remaining three, maybe three, four years.

"If I can stay healthy and play in the game to the level I’m playing right now, who knows, man? … I could be close.”

PLAYERS DISLIKE SCHEDULE

Houston’s switch to the American League brought continual interleague play to baseball and wrinkle after wrinkle to the usual regular season schedule. Teams like the Cardinals have had difficult travel brought on by night games on getaway days and curious off days sprinkled around two-game series.

Michael Weiner, executive director of the MLB Players Association, said the schedule and its quirks will be a focus for the players in the next labor negotiations in or closer to 2016.

“The schedule is tied in with revenues,” Weiner said. “To ask teams to play day games on getaway days is a loss of revenue. We fight with them all the time about that. … In 2016, the schedule will be a major subject we’ll be fighting on.”

EXTRA BASES

• The Cardinals have not yet scheduled a second rehab start for Chris Carpenter, who completed 2 2/3 innings for Class AA Springfield. He could throw as soon as Saturday. …

• Tim McCarver broadcast his final All-Star Game on Tuesday before his retirement at the end of the season. McCarver is the only player in All-Star Game history to go three for three in his career. …

• Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter was designated as the National League’s “re-entry player,” which would allow him to return to the game after leaving in the event of an injury or need. …

• The 39 first-time All-Stars in Tuesday’s game set a new record for the classic. In 2009 at St. Louis, 27 first-timers appeared on the roster.

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirdLandPD

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