And I think that carries the day for him, maybe not in his first year on the ballot, but at some point not long after.
Besides being named an All-Star nine times, most recently in 2016, and the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year, he won three Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards.
Now, let's see if he gets a gig on Dancing With The Stars like David Ross did when he retired from last year's World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs.
The announcement capped a memorable career in which Beltran, who played for seven teams (including a 44-game stint with the Giants in 2011), finished with 2,725 hits, a.279 batting average and a.837 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He joined Toronto after the 2003 season as a scouting coordinator and earned a promotion to vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager in 2006 before taking over as GM. Then came the latter years, when he was productive and professional and uncharacteristically unremarkable as a hired gun for various playoff teams. He may be done as a player, but he's got more to give to the game. It was his first, too.
He told SB Nation that his wife and Astros' owner Jim Crane had a conversation "about trying to do something later on for Puerto Rico" with the World Championship team going to the island, and noted how incredibly supportive ownership has been in the face of multiple natural disasters affecting players on the team. Among switch hitters, his 1,078 extra-base hits rank second all-time behind only Hall of Famer Eddie Murray (1,099). Yet he was a key mentor for emerging superstar Carlos Correa and, as he noted in his Players' Tribune posting, thanked the Astros for the chance to go out with such a memorable group.
Carlos Beltran announced his retirement earlier today. It meant a lot to our players.
"He obviously had a historic run in 2004". He is looking forward to spending time with his family in New York, where his two daughters attend school, though he knows he wants to manage in the Majors someday. His postseason contributions were limited to a clutch ninth-inning double in ALDS Game 4. He sought the advice from Barry Bonds first and then ballplayers like Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado, Ivan Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter to name a few. On the field, he batted just.231 with a.666 OPS that suggested the end was near. Beltran reached the NLCS in both years, advancing to his first World Series in 2013.
But even so, Astros players raved about his impact. I'm sure Dave Hudgens can use an extra hand on the staff to help this team be even better than ever before and Beltran would be a perfect fit. Does the fact that all his postseason dominance added up to just one lifetime achievement title preclude him from being the Postseason Hero?