We all saw it coming, but now it’s official. Carlos Beltran, an all-star outfielder with an illustrious 20 year career, is calling it a career after winning the World Series with the Astros in 2017.
In an article in the Players Tribune, titled “Muchas Gracias, Béisbol”. Carlos explained why he made the decision to hang it up, and recollected on his career.
I remember when I got traded for the first time, from Kansas City to Houston in 2004. When I received the news, I was excited for the opportunity to play for a team that was contending. But at the same time, it was sad for me because of the great organization and teammates I had to leave behind. One of my dreams was to play for one organization for my entire career. I had always looked up to George Brett, who had played for the Royals for his entire career. I recognized how special it was for him to do that, and I wanted that, too.
Now, 20 years later, I have played for eight great organizations, and I would not trade any of the experiences I had with them for anything in the world. It has allowed me to play with many great players — to learn from them, to pass along my knowledge, to build great friendships, and to have a broader perspective on every aspect of the game of baseball.
I highly recommend reading the whole article, available here.
Unfortunately, many Mets fans still hold a grudge thanks to Beltran’s decision not to swing on the 3-2 pitch in Game 7 of the NLCS. That being said, I don’t think it’s a big deal, and I’m sure in time, most Mets fans will look beyond that plate appearance, and remember all the other memorable moments Beltran had as a Met.
So thank you Carlos, we’ll see you in five years in Cooperstown, New York.