Future Hall of Fame Outfielder Carlos Beltran Retires from Baseball
Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran announced Monday that he plans to retire from Major League Baseball after a decorated 20-year playing career. Beltran is going out on top after winning his first career World Series title with the Astros earlier this month.
Beltran announced his decision via The Players’ Tribune. In the article, the Puerto Rico native wrote, “I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years. I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations. I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have won the Roberto Clemente Award, which is the greatest honor I could have ever received as a ballplayer. And I am blessed to be a champion. But now, my time as a player has come to an end.”
Beltran signed a one-year deal worth $16 million to join the Astros last winter. The 9-time All-Star hit .231/.283/.383 with 14 homers and 51 runs batted in in 129 games with Houston last season. He primarily served as the team’s designated hitter during the regular season, but his on-field contributions during the Astros’ postseason run were sparse. He recorded three hits in 20 at-bats during the playoffs.
Beltran is widely regarded to be one of the best switch-hitters in the history of the game. He finishes his playing career with a slash line of .279/.350/.486 with 435 home runs, 312 stolen bases, and 1,587 RBI. He is one of five players in the history of baseball to finish his career with at least 400 homers and 300 steals.
He originally broke into the majors as a member of the Kansas City Royals back in 1998. The young five-tool player developed into an All-Star-caliber player during his time in Kansas City, before being traded to the Astros before the trade deadline in 2004. It was during his first stint in Houston that Beltran really burst onto the national scene.
Beltran hit .258 in 90 games with the Astros in ‘04, and subsequently put together one of the best playoff runs of any player in history. He hit an absurd .435/.536/1.022 with an incredible eight home runs in just 12 games. Beltran’s Astros eventually fell short by losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.
He made the controversial decision that winter to leave Houston for a massive payday to join the New York Mets. Beltran spent seven seasons with the Mets before spending the last few years of his career bouncing around between the Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers, before rejoining the Astros prior to last season.
Beltran won 3 Gold Glove Awards, 2 Silver Sluggers, 2 Fielding Bible Awards, and the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1999. He also took home the aforementioned Roberto Clemente Award in 2013 during his time with the Cardinals.
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