Houston Astros hold funeral for Carlos Beltran's glove

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 18, 2017

The Astros have George Springer, Josh Reddick and Nori Aoki as starters in the outfield in their lineup, and can still utilize Beltran's bat skills at the plate. It was a sound plan.

In photos of the event Beltran is smiling and laughing about the whole thing, which is nice to see in any situation, but especially in one where a player has to poke fun at his own aging and shift in role. He's been a full-time designated hitter for a while now. His last appearance in the outfield came on May 16. Because Beltran plays in the American League with the Houston Astros, the need for the 40-year-old to put on his glove has been diminished, leaving it instead to collect dust and cobwebs in his locker.

Ahead of Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, the Astros gathered as a team in the Minute Maid Park outfield and conducted a funeral service for the glove of Carlos Beltran, who hasn't played in the field in over two months, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

Funerals for items in sports aren't a very rare occurrence, as many sports teams bury a ball or piece from a loss or a bad moment that they want to forget about.

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