World Series: Fernando Rodney joins exclusive group of players

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Washington Nationals pitches during Game 2 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Washington Nationals pitches during Game 2 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Carlos Beltran

Accomplished: Houston Astros, 2017

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The first, and by far most unique, member of the club to end all clubs is none other than Carlos Beltran.

Beltran had a long career as more of a journeyman around the MLB. Despite his individual and his teams’ success, there was one thing lacking from his mantle of accomplishments; a World Series ring.

The switch-hitting outfielder had to play for nearly a decade before making his first trip to the postseason. In 2004, the Houston Astros acquired Beltran in a trade with the Royals to help bolster their roster in a postseason push. It ultimately ended in the NLCS at the hands of the NL-champion Cardinals.

Beltran returned again in 2006 with the Mets but they still fell short; again at the hands of the Cardinals.

Beltran wouldn’t even return to the postseason until 2012 when he was a member of… the Cardinals. But back to back postseason runs in ’12 and 2013 ended just before the ring ceremony. They lost to the Giants in the 2012 NLCS and the world-champion Red Sox in the 2013 World Series.

It wasn’t until his age-40 season that Beltran finally collected the ring many players covet so dearly. It would also be his last season as he announced he would retire after the confetti had fallen.

To bring it full circle, the team he won the World Series with? The now AL Houston Astros.

ALWC: New York Yankees, 2015

NLWC: St. Louis Cardinals, 2012

ALDS: Texas Rangers, 2016

NLDS: Houston Astros, 2004

ALCS: Houston Astros, 2017

NLCS: Houston Astros, 2004

WS (AL): Houston Astros, 2017

WS (NL): St. Louis Cardinals, 2013

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Now that he is a member, the only thing Rodney is missing to truly feel a member of this club is to accomplish the feat that the other three have done before him as well; win the World Series.