Carlos Beltran is going out on top, that’s for sure. After winning his first World Series with the Houston Astros, the 20-year major league veteran has decided to call it a career.
Beltran formally announced his retirement in a piece for The Players’ Tribune on Monday.
“I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years,” Beltran wrote. “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. Today, I am officially announcing my retirement. Muchas gracias, béisbol. I can’t wait for what the next chapter holds.”
This is not a surprising decision by Beltran, as he said after the World Series he would either hang up his spikes or play another year. Following the final out of the “Fall Classic,” he could be seen with tears running down his face. It took him seven teams and two trips to the World Series to get a ring.
Beltran, who has a legitimate shot at the Hall of Fame, started with the Royals before spending a half season in Houston in 2004. After that he played with the Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers before returning to the Astros in 2017. He finished his career with 435 homers and 1,587 RBIs.