Carlos Beltran officially retires from baseball
The 20-year vet made the announcement in a Players' Tribune piece
"I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years. I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations. And I am blessed to be a champion. But now, my time as a player has come to an end. Today, I am officially announcing my retirement. Muchas gracias, béisbol. I can't wait for what the next chapter holds," Beltran wrote in his essay, which you can read in full on The Players' Tribune.
In an exclusive interview with Mark Feinsand of MLB.com released immediately following Beltran's retirement piece on The Players' Tribune, the 20-year veteran revealed that he made his decision over the summer, and that the Astros' World Series victory was not a factor in it.
"At the beginning of this year, being in Houston while my family was in New York, it was the first time I've been away from my family for months. I told [wife] Jessica I really missed the family and I wanted to be with them, so I was really contemplating retirement after this year. I said, 'hopefully we can get to the World Series and win the World Series, so I can go home on a happy note,'" Beltran told Feinsand. "When the family came to Houston for the summer, I told Jessica, 'This will be my last year for sure.' I couldn't be away from my family for such a long time anymore."
Now 40, Beltran was originally a second-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1995, and he made his major-league debut on Sept. 14, 1998. Over 20 seasons in the Majors, he played for seven teams - Kansas City (1998-2004), Houston (2004 and 2017), New York Mets (2005-11), San Francisco (2011), St. Louis (2012-13), New York Yankees (2014-16) and Texas (2016) - and batted .279 with an .837 OPS, accruing 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI, 1,582 runs scored, 565 doubles, and 312 stolen bases in 2,586 career games.
Beltran also made seven career trips to the postseason, hitting 307 with 17 homers, 42 RBI, 11 steals, and a 1.021 OPS in 65 games, and his career accolades include nine All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers, the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year Award, the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award, and, of course, one World Series Championship.
This past season, Beltran ended his career mostly as a DH, hitting .231 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI in 129 games with the Astros, and he was 3-for-20 in his final postseason, his final career plate appearance coming as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the World Series.