He'll go out on top as a Houston Astro after wrapping up his 20th season with a World Series championship. It was the exclamation point needed to cap off an exceptional MLB career.
His decision, of course, sparked reaction from across the league, including from six of the seven teams he once suited up for -- and the Seattle Mariners, who added an interesting factoid.
Congrats on an incredible career, Carlos. 💙 https://t.co/DQkkU9xEDQ— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 13, 2017
All the best in retirement to Carlos Beltrán-an all-time great competitor.— Mariners (@Mariners) November 13, 2017
He was the last position player to have played in the Kingdome. pic.twitter.com/pM3ur5kvvE
Former players and teammates also chimed in to thank the nine-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner for what he gave to the game of baseball.
What a career @carlosbeltran15 I'm honored I got the opportunity to play with you. And so happy that you went out with a bang winning your first world series. You deserve it. Enjoy retirement big guy! And get ready for the Hall... It's coming 😎— Delino DeShields (@LinoDeShields) November 13, 2017
Congrats @carlosbeltran15 on a great career. So much respect for u caballo!— Barry Larkin (@BarryLarkin) November 13, 2017
Congrats to you @carlosbeltran15 on a great career. It was a pleasure to play along side of you in KC. Much respect to you mi amigo.— Jermaine dye (@JermaineDye) November 13, 2017
Congrats to @carlosbeltran15 on an amazing career! We only played together for a short time but what a ride we had! I learned a lot about what being a veteran means and the impact we can have. You're an amazing teammate and leader. What a way to bow out... a World Champion!— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 13, 2017
One of the best mentor best teammate .. @cbeltran15 i learned alot from you cause all i needed was to approach you or you will approach me if something isnt right with my swing or on defense also thought me how to play the game the right way and keep studying the game ..ill say this Even tho you played for the Astros this year Houston and Puerto Rico needed that championship win after you guys beat us and the dodgers to win it for the city after the hurricanes came through ... Much Respect 20yrs in the game is alot keep being you man #legend
Congratulations to my good friend and former @Cardinals teammate @carlosbeltran15 on an amazing career! What a great teammate. What a great person. What a stud player! Disfrutar de poste carrera hermano— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) November 13, 2017
Congrats to big bro @cbeltran15 on a great career... thank you for showing me the ropes and always being just 1 phone call away / felicidades a mi hermano mayor @cbeltran15 por una asombrante carrera... gracias por todo lo aprendido de ti y gracias por siempre dejarme saber que podía contar contigo para lo que sea. BUENA SUERTE CABALLO!! 🐎
A very #HappyRetirement to one of the NICEST and UNSELFISH guys in @MLB 🙏🏽Go enjoy your family hermano and may GOD BLESS YOU on your next chapter!! #HallOfFame #orgulloboricua #LosNuestros 🇵🇷 @BeisbolPR pic.twitter.com/CqtUlixshC— Bengie Molina (@BengieMolina1) November 13, 2017
Caballete! Thanks for being an amazing example for all Baseball, the ball player has retired but the legend stays on every MLB field. #HappyRetirement— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) November 13, 2017
A disfrutar la vida @carlosbeltran15 pic.twitter.com/sXBOjVEEly
Carlos Beltran could flat out hit for like 20 years. Respect. Congratulations on a great career.— John Baker (@manbearwolf) November 13, 2017
legend https://t.co/d56PqUzcLT— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) November 13, 2017
Beltran finished his final season with 14 home runs, 51 RBIs and a slash line of .231/.283/.383. He ends his 20-year stint with 435 homers, which currently ranks 46th on the all-time list.