Former Royal Carlos Beltran retires after 20-year MLB career

Carlos Beltran Announces Retirement After 20-Year Career, First World Series Win

Carlos Beltran Announces Retirement After 20-Year Career, First World Series Win

The outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. And, indeed, he may not immediately attract a lot of Hall of Fame attention when he appears on the ballot in a little over five years.

"As a family, we're looking forward to spending time together, traveling, enjoying ourselves and doing things with our kids", Beltran said.

Beltran is a nine-time All-Star who won the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year award and three Gold Gloves.

For his career, Beltran was a.279/.350/.486 hitter, good for an OPS+ of 119, but his bat wasn't all he brought to the table. "Muchas gracias, béisbol. I can't wait for what the next chapter holds".

Beltran first graced the professional diamond with the Kansas City Royals in 1998.

That didn't minimize Beltran's significance to the Astros, whose core was comprised of young players who lacked the wisdom and experience of their elder statesman. He admits that falling short of some milestones - 3,000 hits, in particular - is disappointing, but he feels comfortable that he took full advantage of his talent during stops with the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers.

In the article called "Muchas gracias, beisbol", Beltran counted his blessings, including his 20 years in the game. Springer responded with a huge World Series, earning MVP honors as Houston captured its first title, giving Beltran plenty of credit along the way. He finished his career with 435 homers and 1,587 RBIs. He also posted strong career postseason numbers, with a.307 batting average, 16 home runs and 42 RBIs.

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