“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…