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Carlos Beltran Retires as World Series Champion
He retires as undoubtedly one of the best switch-hitters of all time,
and while he did not reach the milestones of 3,000 hits or 500 home runs (he leaves with 435), some believe he has a solid case for membership in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Even though Beltran said he would talk to his family about whether he would play one more season, his calm
and contented demeanor in a raucous Astros celebration offered a telling clue that he probably wouldn’t.
After 20 seasons as one of the most distinguished and respected players in baseball,
and six previous trips to the playoffs, the 40-year-old Beltran was — finally — a champion.
Only five players have recorded 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases in a career: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Beltran.
He was given the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s highest philanthropic honor, in 2013 in
recognition of his efforts to promote baseball and education in his native Puerto Rico.
The announcement capped a memorable career in which Beltran, who played for seven teams, finished
with 2,725 hits, a .279 batting average and an .837 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.