After a long and storied career, Carlos Beltran announced today in a heartfelt tweet that he would be retiring from baseball.
— Carlos Beltran (@carlosbeltran15) November 13, 2017
— Houston Astros (@astros) November 13, 2017
Carlos Beltran Announces Retirement
The 40-year old slugger is retiring after finally achieving a goal that has long eluded him; winning a World Series championship with the Houston Astros this year.
“I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends.” Beltran recently wrote in an essay to the Players’ Tribune. “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 began his professional career when he was drafted 49th overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft. After spending three seasons in the minors, Beltran made his debut with the Royals on September 14, 1998 and played in 14 games with Kansas City that year. In 1999, Beltran played his first full year in the majors with the Royals, hitting .293, with 22 home runs, 108 RBI, and a 4.7 WAR which was good enough to win him the 1999 Rookie of the Year Award.
Beltran would go on to play with the Royals until 2004, when he was traded to the Astros. He then spent the next 13 seasons bouncing around the majors and playing for six different teams, before finally re-signing with the Astros for the 2017 season. In his 20 year career, Beltran would go on to be a 9-time All-Star, a 3-time Gold Glove Award winner, a 2-time Silver Slugger and the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award winner.
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