Veteran slugger Carlos Beltran announced his retirement today after a 20-year career. The 40 year old racked up 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 9 All-Star selections, 3 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Sluggers, the 1999 Rookie of the Year and one World Series ring with the 2017 Houston Astros.
The switch-hitting slugger spent 14 of his 20 years of his career with the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, and the other with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. Beltran is one of five switch hitters with over 400 home runs, along with Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, Chipper Jones and Mark Teixeira.
Beltran will go down as one of the best switch-hitters of all time, and a certain Hall of Famer. Here are some of his many career highlights, as put together by MLB.com.
Congrats on a fantastic career, Carlos Beltran! The game will be different without one of its most recognizable players. This wont be the last time Major League Baseball sees Beltran, as he will most likely be a fixture in a dugout or front office within the next few years.