Sport Astros' Carlos Beltran announces retirement after 20 MLB seasons

19:20  13 november  2017
19:20  13 november  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Carlos Beltran ends 20 -year career, announces MLB Beltran , 40, will go out a champion: He hit 14 home runs for the Houston Astros this season before they went on to win their first World Series title.

Carlos Beltran is ending his career on a high note.

In a piece titled "Muchas Gracias, Béisbol" and published Monday by The Players' Tribune, the Astros outfielder announced his retirement from baseball after 20 major league seasons.

"I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years. I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations," Beltran wrote. "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.

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Carlos Beltran is going out on top. After 20 years in the MLB , Beltran finally won a World Series with the Houston Astros last season and on Monday the 40-year-old announced his retirement from the game of baseball .

Carlos Iván Beltrán (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkarloz βelˈtɾan]; born April 24, 1977) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball ( MLB ) for the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals

a baseball player swinging a bat at a ball: Carlos Beltran © (Getty Images) Carlos Beltran

"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."

Beltran, 40, had stints with Royals, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers throughout his career before signing a one-year deal in December to return to the Astros for what would be his final season. He capped his lengthy career with his — and Houston's — first-ever World Series win earlier this month as the Astros defeated the Dodgers in a thrilling seven-game series.

"I had always dreamed about winning a championship, and I chased every opportunity to do so in my career. But I never thought that I needed to win a World Series to make my career complete," Beltran wrote. "Like I said before, I realized early on that my purpose in this game was to share knowledge with younger players and to give back to the game of baseball. I always wanted to do that — that, and be the best teammate I could possibly be.

"Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that. So whether we won or lost Game 7, I would have still been happy with my career."

Beltran is a three-time Gold Glove winner, two-time Silver Slugger recipient and nine-time All-Star selection. The Puerto Rico native finishes his dynamic career with 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs and a career .279 batting average — numbers that should put him in the mix for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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