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Next stop, Hall of Fame — Carlos Beltran

13 Noviembre 2017

Houston Astros slugger Carlos Beltran announced his retirement from baseball on Monday, just two weeks after crowning a 20-year career with a maiden World Series victory.

"I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years".

"When the family came to Houston for the summer, I told Jessica, 'This will be my last year for sure.' I couldn't be away from my family for such a long time anymore". "I can see myself back in my hometown of Manati [Puerto Rico], walking to the ballpark when I was a kid, trying to become a professional ballplayer". To have so many loving fans. But I have the passion for the game, I have the knowledge of being able to play the game for a long time.

Enjoy retirement, Carlos. We can't wait to see what you'll do next. He finished his career with 435 homers and 1,587 RBIs. Beltran has earned his spot in Cooperstown.

Beltran had speed. He was an excellent outfielder. I was very active with the guys in the clubhouse, working with the younger players, so I got to see a different side of the game. You're not just talking about any team in baseball.

Beltran hit.314 with a home run and six RBI in nine games against the eventual champion Yankees in his rookie year, with Kansas City taking the season series 5-4. Following the final out of the "Fall Classic", he could be seen with tears running down his face.

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. In fact, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has said that having Beltran around this season was like having a player-coach on staff. He played for seven different teams throughout his career, but had never won a World Series - until he did it with the Houston Astros in early November. He got close in 2013 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and with the New York Mets in 2006.

Now the questions: Would Cashman think that far out of the box? He also posted strong career postseason numbers, with a.307 batting average, 16 home runs and 42 RBIs.

Carlos Beltran played for 20 years and put up impressive numbers in spite of the injury bug showing up at inopportune times. He played only 14 games in his first year, maintaining his rookie status for 1999.

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.