Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre – The Veterans


The Texas Rangers are filled with a lot of young talent at the moment. Much more than they wanted to be when spring training 2014 started. Youngsters like Rougned Odor, Luis Sardinas, Robinson Chirinos, Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Michael Choice, the list goes on and on. But someone needs to have the experience and wherewithal to help guide these young players along, and the Texas Rangers have just the guys to do that (you know, since Ian Kinsler is no longer here to “lead” the young players).

Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre are just the guys to lead this young squad. Choo is new to the Texas Rangers but his approach at the plate is refreshing and it is something that these young guys can see and try to emulate. You know they have to be picking his brain about his patience at the plate. His approach is working, as Choo has a line of .289/.414/.456 with a team leading 6 home runs and a team leading 32 walks. Texas Rangers fans everywhere are hoping that his patience catches on. Ron Washington has said on multiple occasions how happy he is to have a guy like Choo leading off for the Texas Rangers.

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Adrian Beltre is second in home runs on the team with 5, and he is battin .291/.354/.442. Beltre is one of the best third baseman of all time (in my opinion), and he can teach the youngsters a whole heck of a lot about defense and about playing through injuries, something he has done frequently throughout his career. Beltre was already seen as one of the main leaders on this team, especially for the Latin players, and now I think he is even more crucial because of the influx of young talent.

If the Texas Rangers young lineup can start to emulate the habits of one Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo, then this team is going to have a chance to compete with just about anyone in baseball. And that is all I ask from my baseball team! The addition of Choo looks to be a really good one, and we all know what Beltre brings to the table. Even if the Texas Rangers don’t make the post season in 2014, they should still be enjoyable to watch as long as the young players have Beltre and Choo to look up to.