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In An Inspiring Post Carlos Beltran Reveals That After 20 Years He’s Retiring From Baseball

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“But now, my time as a player has come to an end… I can’t wait for what the next chapter holds.”

Astros player Carlos Beltrán has published a piece in The Players Tribune stating his retirement. After 20 seasons, he finally got his ring and he’ll be putting the bat down for good.

Beltrán’s announcement comes right after winning his first World Series title in his long baseball career that spanned seven teams in two decades. The article is a carefully worded trip down memory lane. Based on one of Beltrán’s stories he was almost a volleyball player. Had it not been for his dad gently nudging him in the right direction, he may have never made it to the Major Leagues, let alone to win a World Series.

Throughout the article and his stories he expresses gratitude to all the players that came before him and gave him advice. He then talks about learning that giving advice to younger players is what the game really ended up being about for him.

There’s a story about Barry Bonds teaching him to bat that you can’t pass up. Beltrán also shares a story about his wife packing to move cross country on the day he got traded to the Giants in 2011. Beltrán says that type of support is what kept him going and searching for the win. A search that fatefully ended the same year he decided to retire.

This for sure is a bittersweet ending to a great story.

You can read the entire piece in The Player’s Tribune.

The Astros paid tribute to Beltrán on Instagram.

As did teammates Carlos Correa…

And Yuli Gurriel who also thanked him and called him a great player and friend.

However, his retirement from playing ball, may not be the last you’ve heard of Beltrán, who can be heard in this video interview with MLB talking about the possibility of managing in the future. Perhaps for his old team, the New York Yankees?

We’ll just have to wait and see…


[H/T] ESPN

READ: Puerto Rican Astros Player Held Up The Flag And Repped Hard For Both Of Their Hurricane Battered Homes


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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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