Former Royal Carlos Beltran made his most-notable return to Kansas City as a member of the National League Home Run Derby Team on Monday. Beltran led off the derby and hit seven home runs in his first round.
He was welcomed with cheers from the Kansas City fans during player introductions, and mouthed a "thank you." Beltran played for the Royals from 1998-2004, hitting 123 home runs over his career.
The switch-hitting Beltran hit from the left side and had one home run with the State Farm gold balls, which result in an $18,000 donation per home run. His first home run came with three outs, and all seven went to right field. His longest was 436 feet. The top four advance to the second round, and Beltran's seven should put in him a good position.