Carlos Beltran announces retirement from baseball

Mets Carlos Beltran from a 2009 game against the Orioles. (Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/CC License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode)

After 20 years as a major league baseball player, Carlos Beltran has decided to retire.

In a post on The Player’s Tribune, Beltran said it was time to say goodbye to the game he loves.

“I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years. I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations. I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have won the Roberto Clemente Award, which is the greatest honor I could have ever received as a ballplayer. And I am blessed to be a champion. But now, my time as a player has come to an end. Today, I am officially announcing my retirement. Muchas gracias, béisbol. I can’t wait for what the next chapter holds.”

Click below to read the entire article Beltran wrote for The Player’s Tribune.

Muchas Gracias, Béisbol

Beltran, a follower of Jesus Christ, has always been unashamed about his faith and shared with anyone who will listen to him, why he has the hope of the Lord in him.

“I really believe we can do everything in the name of Jesus Christ,” Beltran told Sports Spectrum in 2005. “The way I see it, everything that we do is for God. In our life, there is nothing as important as Him. The only thing that really matters is our faith. I feel He put me here for a reason. Every time I take the field, I tell Him, ‘I’m doing this in Your name.’ When I want to accomplish things I feel like I can. But it’s not for myself, but for Him and his glory.”

To read the entire article from 2005, click below.


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