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#pounditThursday, June 20, 2024

Carlos Beltran was a Taco Bell fiend in the minor leagues

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran had a pretty remarkable diet when he played in the minor leagues. And when we say he had a remarkable diet, we mean we’re shocked he was able to put together such a fine career given the junk he consumed.

The New York Times did a feature Thursday on the Yankees’ attempt to change the culture of eating within their clubhouse. The team brought in a nutritionist who spoke with the players to educate them about the benefits of good nutrition. They also are changing the types of food they are offering their players at the ballpark.

In the story, The Times explains how players can have such poor diets, especially in the minor leagues. For example, they cited Beltran, who used to buy eight Taco Bell tacos a day — four to eat before a game, and four for after the game. That’s not exactly a meal of champions.

Though we know there are some athletes who love to eat their Chipotle or even stuff their face with In-N-Out Burger, those fast food diets are not recommended. They’re pretty unhealthy in general, but they’re even worse for professional athletes whose jobs including staying in peak physical condition. I’d say it’s a wonder that Beltran has put together arguably a Hall of Fame career despite his poor diet, but then again, one of the top pitchers in baseball eats Taco Bell the night before he starts and has won a Cy Young Award. Maybe that’s the secret to a successful career.

Photo: Carlos Beltran/Twitter


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