Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ex-Royal Beltran Retires after 20 Seasons

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ex-Royal Beltran Retires after 20 Seasons

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Carlos Beltran, a former Royals 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 finishes with a .279 batting average, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases -- was the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year, winning three Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards.

Beltran began his career with the Royals, spending over six seasons in Kansas City before being traded to Houston in 2004. But in addition to also playing for the Giants, Cardinals and Rangers, he spent plenty of time in New York: over six seasons with the Mets (2005-11) and over two seasons with the Yankees (2014-16).

As the Yankees search for their next manager, Beltran would not rule out potentially going for the job.

"I don't know what they're looking for. Experience as a manager, I don't have that. But I have the passion for the game, I have the knowledge of being able to play the game for a long time," Beltran told MLB.com. "I get along well with the players, with my teammates; I've always taken that to heart, trying to impact my teammates in a positive way.

"I would not discount anything; you're talking about the New York Yankees. …

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