The Houston Astros held a touching pre-game funeral in the outfield -- for a glove

Carlos Beltran's Baseball Reference page still lists him as a center fielder, but he hasn't actually played an inning in the outfield in two months.

The Houston Astros have been using the 20-year veteran as their designated hitter since May (something they may want to reconsider given his .235 batting average), leaving his glove to collect dust on the shelf.

Beltran's transition from center to DH has been difficult for many, and on Monday, his teammates came together to support each other and mourn the loss of a friend: Beltran's outfield glove.

Take a look at the makeshift ceremony below:

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HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: George Springer (L) of the Houston Astros and Ken Giles setup tombstones in center field as they prepare to have a funeral to bury the glove of Carlos Beltran, who hasn't played outfield since May 16 at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: George Springer (L) of the Houston Astros and Ken Giles setup tombstones in center field as they prepare to have a funeral to bury the glove of Carlos Beltran, who hasn't played outfield since May 16 at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros gives the eulogy for Carlos Beltran's glove in center field at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Beltran has not played outfield since May 16. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros gives the eulogy for Carlos Beltran's glove in center field at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Beltran has not played outfield since May 16. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros gives the eulogy for Carlos Beltran's glove in center field at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Beltran has not played outfield since May 16. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Carlos Beltran (C) reacts with his teammates after a funeral was held in center field for his glove since he hasn't played the outfield since May 16 at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros, in robe, leaves center field with Luke Gregerson #44,James Hoyt #51,Joe Musgrove #59 and Will Harris #36 after performing a funeral service for Carlos Beltran's glove in center field at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Beltran has not played the outfield since May 16 (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astros glove lays in center field after a funeral service was had before batting practice at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Brian McCann officiated the service as Beltran has not played the outfield since May16. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Carlos Beltran (C) reacts with his teammates after a funeral was held in center field for his glove since he hasn't played the outfield since May 16 at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Prior to their game against the Seattle Mariners, the Astros -- led by catcher Brian McCann dressed as a clergy member -- congregated in center field to hold a funeral for the glove, gravestones and all.

The three tombstones paid homage to Beltran's many accomplishments while using the glove, including three Gold Glove awards and nine All-Star selections. As McCann delivered a prepared eulogy, the glove was "buried" in a pristine white box.

It's unclear what the team did with the glove after the ceremony, but they did go on to lose to the Mariners 9-7.

All jokes aside, Beltran is now over 40 years old, and has likely played his last ball in the outfield. We wish him, and all of his equipment, the best.

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