"When the family came to Houston for the summer, I told Jessica, 'This will be my last year for sure.' I couldn't be away from my family for such a long time anymore".
In the article, Beltran says he is blessed. How to motivate them, how to impact them in a way where they continue to improve. Those numbers may seem small compared to those of other Hall of Famers, but make no mistake.
"I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years", Beltran, 40, wrote.
This is not a surprising decision by Beltran, as he said after the World Series he would either hang up his spikes or play another year. The Astros signed him to be their primary DH, though as the season progressed, his playing time decreased. As George Springer struggled through the American League Championship Series, he relied on Beltran's advice to help him stay focused.
Finishing his career with a second, one-year, stint in Houston, Beltran captured his first World Series title.
"I can't wait for what the next chapter holds". He was absolutely locked in when swinging the bat. It was a different role, but I really enjoyed it. But now, my time as a player has come to an end. "It's something we'll remember for the rest of our lives". He finished his career with 435 homers and 1,587 RBIs.
The Puerto Rico native played seven seasons with the Royals, posting a.287 batting average and hitting 123 home runs and 516 RBIs.
Chasing milestones, however, wasn't enough to keep him playing instead of going home to spend time with Jessica and their three children, Ivana (10), Kiara (6) and Evan Carlos (2).
And it's one that Beltran was ready for.
"I always wanted to do that - that, and be the best teammate I could possibly be".
"I have such a passion for baseball, but at some point, it's time". Following the final out of the "Fall Classic", he could be seen with tears running down his face.
"I'm satisfied with my career", Beltran said. He played 2,586 regular season games in the majors, and until he won that World Series, he was one of just three players with more than 2,500 games and no ring. Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that.
Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. "That God chose me to be one of those guys, I'm extremely blessed".