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Carlos Beltran Announces Retirement After 20-Year Career

Carlos Beltran Announces Retirement After 20-Year Career

The exception to this rule regarding center fielders is Kirby Puckett, elected on his first ballot in 2001 following a 12 season career that was cut short after he was diagnosed with glaucoma.

The veteran outfielder, who officially announced his retirement Monday in an essay on The Players' Tribune, told MLB.com he reached the verdict to hang up his spikes sometime over the summer, never wavering from that choice during Houston's memorable run.

Beltran had a tough 2017, but it was also his age-40 season, so he might have left the game behind even if he had put together another solid campaign.

Finishing his career with a second, one-year, stint in Houston, Beltran captured his first World Series title.

The litmus test regarding Beltran's candidacy will not come from Lofton, Edmonds, Puckett, or Murphy, but instead will come with a player that will be appearing on the ballot this year for the first time - Andruw Jones.

Beltran would continue playing at a high level for the Mets for the next two years before his ailing knees robbed him of his once impressive speed and caused him to spend more time on the disabled list than on the field, and he was shipped to the San Francisco Giants midway through the 2011 season. And I am blessed to be a champion. The Astros signed him to be their primary DH, though as the season progressed, his playing time decreased.

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He finished with 435 home runs in his career while accumulating 2,725 hits. He then batted.231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston.

"I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years", he wrote. "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", he wrote. Adding to the stolen base number, he was only caught 49 times, leading to an 86.4% success rate that is the best in baseball history over at least 200 attempts.

Overall in the Postseason during his career, Beltran slashed.307/.412/.609 with 16 homers in 65 games, which really renders a lot of that "can't get it done in October" talk meaningless. "There were days when the family was in Houston that I didn't feel like going to the ballpark".

Now the questions: Would Cashman think that far out of the box?

"I'm satisfied with my career", Beltran said.

To win your first World Series in a long career and then retire, it's a storybook ending to a Hall of Fame career. Experience as a manager, I don't have that. "That God chose me to be one of those guys, I'm extremely blessed".