Breaking News

Astros' Carlos Beltran announces retirement after 20-year career

Houston Astros veteran Carlos Beltran has announced his retirement from baseball after a 20-year Major League career.

"At the beginning of this year, being in Houston while my family was in New York, it was the first time I've been away from my family for months," Beltran said. "I told [my wife] Jessica I really missed the family and I wanted to be with them, so I was really contemplating retirement after this year. I said, 'Hopefully we can get to the World Series and win the World Series, so I can go home on a happy note.'

What now for Beltran? He is looking forward to spending time with his family in New York, where his two daughters attend school, though he knows he wants to manage in the Majors someday.

"As a family, we're looking forward to spending time together, traveling, enjoying ourselves and doing things with our kids," Beltran said. "At the same time, I've told Jessica that at some point in my career, I would love to have the opportunity to manage."

The 2017 season had been a different one for Beltran, a nine-time All-Star who had been an everyday player for the bulk of his first 18 full seasons. The Astros signed him to be their primary DH, though as the season progressed, his playing time decreased.

"As a player, you get to a point where you're pursuing this goal every year and you know how hard it is to accomplish that," Beltran said. "This year was different for me; by the end of the season, I didn't play as much. 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. It was a different role, but I really enjoyed it.

"I told Jessica, 'If I win the World Series, it will be an amazing story; but if I don't, that won't diminish or define who I've been as a ballplayer.' There are so many players that played this game and never had the chance to win the World Series or even go to the playoffs. Being able to win was a great feeling, especially with a great group of guys. It's something we'll remember for the rest of our lives."

Beltran retires with a .279/.350/.486 slash line, 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs and 1,582 runs scored. He admits that falling short of some milestones -- 3,000 hits, in particular -- is disappointing.

"I have such a passion for baseball, but at some point, it's time. I wish I could play this game for a few more years to get to some goals like 3,000 hits or things like that, but at the end of the day, I just felt like it was time for me to move to my next chapter in life."

Over a 20-year career that included stops with seven teams, Beltran became one of the premier performers in Major League Baseball. Here is a look back at his 20 year career:

No comments