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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:00 am

Baseball

Beltran retires after 20-year career

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. – Carlos Beltran is retiring at age 40 after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season.

The outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.

Beltran 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 RBI for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBI for Houston.

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

Braves hire general manager

The Atlanta Braves hired former Dodgers and Blue Jays executive Alex Anthopoulos as their general manager, giving the team a young but experienced leader to provide stability amid a crisis.

Anthopoulos also was named executive vice president in control of baseball operations.

The 40-year-old Anthopoulos was introduced by team chairman Terry McGuirk, who at a news conference Monday also announced that John Hart is moving into a new role as a senior adviser as Anthopoulos takes over baseball operations from Hart.

Anthopoulos succeeds John Coppolella, who was forced to resign on Oct. 2 after an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball disclosed rule violations committed by the Braves in the international player market.

Anthopoulos, Toronto's onetime general manager, spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations.