Beltran announces he’s retiring after 20 seasons
Chi Chi Rodriguez: “To be successful in life, Carlos, you have to surround yourself with successful people. You can’t be afraid to ask questions to those people that you look up to.”
Beltran made it a point to engage with other ballplayers, even those who _ from the outside _ appeared untouchable, like Barry Bonds.
“Throughout my career I tried to get as much knowledge out of every opportunity as I could,” Beltran explained. “I would look around the league at the players who I had the ultimate respect and admiration for — guys like Bernie Williams, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Carlos Delgado, Ivan Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, among others — and I would follow Chi Chi’s advice. I would ask these players, ‘ Hey, what have you got for me? What can I do to be a better ballplayer?’ “
Although he always dreamed of winning a World Series, Beltran said he never felt like he “needed to” to complete his career. It just happened to work out when he re-joined the Astros before last season.
“I realized early on that my purpose in this game was to share knowledge with younger players and to give back to the game of baseball. I always wanted to do that — that, and be the best teammate I could possibly be,” Beltran wrote. “Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that. So whether we won or lost Game 7 (against the Dodgers), I would have still been happy with my career.
“But it still feels nice to