Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

With Series Title in Hand, Beltran Opts to End 20-Year Career a Person with Knowledge of the Deal Says Braves Hire Former Dodgers and Blue Jays Executive Alex Anthopoulos as General Manager

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

With Series Title in Hand, Beltran Opts to End 20-Year Career a Person with Knowledge of the Deal Says Braves Hire Former Dodgers and Blue Jays Executive Alex Anthopoulos as General Manager

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Carlos Beltran, the former Mets and Yankees outfielder, is retiring from Major League Baseball, capping his 20-year playing career with a World Series title.

The 40-year-old, who played his final season with the Houston Astros, announced his decision on The Players' Tribune website Monday morning.

"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.

"And I am blessed to be a champion. But now, my time as a player has come to an end."

The nine-time All-Star - who finished with a .279 batting average, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases - was the 1999 American League rookie of the year, won three Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards.

Beltran began his career with the Kansas City Royals before being traded to Houston in 2004. He also played for the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Yankees.

Although he always dreamed of winning a World Series, Beltran said he never felt like he "needed to" to complete his career. It just happened to work out when he re-joined the Astros before last season.

"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," Beltran wrote. "Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that. So whether we won or lost Game 7 [against the Los Angeles Dodgers], I would have still been happy with my career. …

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