Texas Rangers All-Time Team: The Infield

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Jun 19, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) smiles while in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

THIRD BASE: Adrian Beltre

Of course it’s Adrian Beltre! In the short four seasons (2011-present) he’s been with the Texas Rangers Beltre has arguably made the biggest impact on the club. The Dominican native won consecutive Gold Gloves and American League Platinum Gloves at third base (2011, 2012), is a three time All-Star, as well as two Silver Slugger Awards at third base in 2011 and 2014. Beltre finished the 2014 season ranked first among third basemen for putouts with 144.

Adrian Beltre is a fan and player favorite. Thanks to his good friend, King Felix, the Texas Rangers have helped Beltre overcome (sort of) his aversion to having his head touched. He is always having fun on the field and let’s everyone know that this is a game but it is also our job. How could you not name Adrian Beltre to the Texas Rangers All-Time Team?

Here’s a few highlights from Adrian Beltre’s Texas Rangers career, thus far.

Beltre singles to right field for his 2,000th career hit, September 4, 2011 at Boston Red Sox.

Just 7 days later, he smacks his 2nd home run of the game against the Oakland Athletics for his 300th career home run.

October 4, 2011 Beltre became the first player to hit three home runs in a Division Series game, 6th player in a Major League playoff game.

Nice guy Beltre points and asks if cameraman is alright after he fell shooting Beltre running bases after a home run.

October 24, 2011, during Game 5 of the World Series, Beltre launches a home run the only we can, down on one knee.

Three at-bats equals three home runs for Adrian Beltre, including 2 in the same inning.

Beltre really loves to hit in Texas. On August 24, 2012 Beltre hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career, both times in Arlington. The first time he played for the Seattle Mariners.

2014 was a career record-setting season for Adrian Beltre. He hit his 100th HR as a Texas Ranger, hit his 2,500th career hit, as well as surpassing Vladimir Guerrero as the all-time hit leader among Dominican players when he singled for his 2,591st hit.

5/7/2014- 100th HR as Rangers

6/24/2014- 2,500th career hit

9/18/2014 – 2591st hit surpasses Guerrero

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I have to say, you all did a terrific job voting! I love each of these players and I’ve had the joy of seeing them play live at the Ballpark. Yes, I will forever call it the Ballpark instead of GLP. Once again, I enjoyed searching for the clips and hope you have enjoyed watching them as well. In the next edition I will reveal the outfielders of YOUR Texas Rangers All-Time Team. Then, in the final installment two very special players for catcher, shortstop and DH.

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