Now a fan, Beltrán savors Hall of Fame visit
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But only now has Beltrán been able to put his career into perspective.
“When I was active, I never thought about (the Hall of Fame). I always tried to focus on the team I was playing for,” Beltrán said. “But as I was passing great players on lists, like doubles or homers, I told my wife that maybe after retirement, when I got closer to that time, I might think about it.
“I believe I left everything on the field. God gave me an opportunity to make a good living in baseball. But when I think about legacy, I don’t think about numbers. I think about the impact on the community and on society. For me, that’s the legacy.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum