Astros' Carlos Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title

His on field play will be regarded as the top of a generation by many in the baseball community, possibly as one of the best to roam the Cardinal outfield in recent memory.

Another six-year stint followed at the New York Mets between 2005-2011 before a lone stint at the San Francisco Giants.

We'll have to see about that but until then, thank you Carlos for all that you've done. Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that.

He told SB Nation that his wife and Astros' owner Jim Crane had a conversation "about trying to do something later on for Puerto Rico" with the World Championship team going to the island, and noted how incredibly supportive ownership has been in the face of multiple natural disasters affecting players on the team. And would Beltran want to jump into a job that big without a break from the game?

Assuming he gets the call to join Cooperstown at some point, Beltran will likely go in as a New York Mets player.

Even though Beltran said he would talk to his family about whether he would play one more season, his calm demeanor in a raucous Astros' celebration offered a telling clue that he probably wouldn't. Which makes his comments about managing a team someday all the more intriguing. That season, his third with the Bombers at age 39, he hit.304 with 22 homers before an Aug. 1 trade to the Texas Rangers. He was a fierce advocate for players, particularly Latinos, and campaigned for the introduction of the interpreters who are now required in clubhouses.

He realized this purpose when he nervously approached slugger Barry Bonds during the 2007 All-Star weekend to ask for hitting advice and Bonds received him with kindness and a willingness to coach him. His greatest performances never earned the glory they deserved, and his one great failure was never followed by any dramatic redemption.

For right now, he's focused on being there in person to help, distributing the massive amount of supplies that they have collected, and getting the island back on its feet so that it's ready for whatever World Series party they bring to Puerto Rico in the coming months. And it's one that Beltran was ready for.

Has a reputation as a good citizen, team leader, community leader/philanthropist and mentor to younger players.

Beltran appeared in 10 games this postseason, including three in the World Series.

"Certainly. He's one of the brightest minds I've come across in the game", he said. He then batted.231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston. It meant a lot to our city. He finishes with over 500 doubles, 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases. The Raiders and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million, while the team has also secured a $600 million bank loan.

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