Carlos Beltran introduced his retirement from baseball Monday on The Players’ Tribune, ending a 20-year profession punctuated final month by a World Series championship with the Houston Astros.
The switch-hitter’s profession ended with a hoop in Houston, but it surely’s the influence Beltran had with so many groups that shapes his distinctive Cooperstown case.
“I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years,” Beltran wrote. “I’m blessed to have performed for therefore many nice organizations.
“I’m blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my spouse and my three youngsters, my household and buddies. To have so many loving followers. To have been in a position to construct a college in Puerto Rico and alter the lives of so many youngsters. To have gained the Roberto Clemente Award, which is the best honor I might have ever obtained as a ballplayer.
“And I am blessed to be a champion. But now, my time as a player has come to an end.”
Beltran, 40, was a nine-time All-Star and hit 435 profession dwelling runs. He performed for seven completely different groups — the Astros, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants.
Beltran batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs in 129 video games with Houston this season.