Carlos Beltran‘s storied Major League Baseball career has come to a fitting close.
After capturing his first World Series ring earlier this month, the 40-year-old has announced his retirement, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com on Twitter.
Beltran was originally selected in the second round of the 1995 MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals. He spent parts of four seasons in the Royals’ farm system before debuting in 1998. He won the Rookie of the Year award the following season, appearing in 156 games while clubbing 22 long balls and driving in 108 runs. He also hit at a .293/.337/.454 clip in 723 plate appearances.
The outfielder spent seven seasons with Kansas City before being traded mid-season to the Houston Astros in 2004. In 90 games with Houston, he launched 23 homers and drove in 58 runs, helping lead the ‘Stros to an National League Championship Series berth, however, they would ultimately fall to the St. Louis Cardinals.
That offseason, Beltran spurned the Astros by signing a seven-year deal with the New York Mets, much to the chagrin of the Houston faithful.
Beltran turned out to be one of the best free agent signings the Mets ever made, appearing in five All-Star games, winning three Gold Glove awards and two Silver Slugger awards.
In 839 games with the Mets, he smacked 149 homers, drove in 559 runs, swiped 100 bags and hit to a .280/.369/.500 slash line. He also hit 41 homers in the 2006 season.
In 2011, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Zack Wheeler, before making stops in St. Louis, across town with the Yankees, Texas and finally in Houston with the Astros.
Beltran will likely be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer, finishing his career with 435 homers and 2,725 hits. According to Baseball Reference, Beltran retires with 69.8 WAR, ranking 69th all-time among position players.
We here at MMO wish Carlos all the best in his retirement!
Enjoy my personal favorite Beltran moment, hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 16th inning against the rival Philadelphia Phillies on May 23, 2006.