Houston Astros veteran Carlos Beltran announces retirement

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor, AP Author
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Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astros runs after hitting a single in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during game two of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

HOUSTON - Houston Astros veteran player Carlos Beltran announced his retirement from baseball Monday in an article written for The Players Tribune.

In the article called “Muchas gracias, beisbol,” Beltran counted his blessings, including his 20 years in the game.

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“And I am blessed to be a champion,” Beltran wrote. “But now, my time as a player has come to an end.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch told KPRC 2 sports director Randy McIlvoy that he is proud to have called Beltran a teammate.

"He is the best example to all those who aspire to be great," Hinch said. "Much repsect and love to him, Jessica, and their family."

Beltran's teammates, both past and present, also expressed their admiration and well wishes:

Beltran’s announcement comes nearly two weeks after the Astros won their first World Series title.

He is a nine-time All-Star who won the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year award and three Gold Gloves.

His production dropped dramatically this year. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 93 RBIs for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston.

Beltran finishes with a .279 average, 435 homers, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases. He also has played for Kansas City, the New York Mets, San Francisco and St. Louis.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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