Adrian Beltre Is A Hall Of Famer
By Kenneth Nash
Last night, Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels told Baseball Tonight that Adrian Beltre has solidified himself as a Hall of Famer and he’s completely right.
Adrian Beltre is on a lot of all-time lists. Like a lot of lists. He’s a household name in the world of baseball from his hatred of head-touching to his homeruns from one knee. Beltre has incredible hitting power and has reigned as defensive royalty at third base for years. He’s been in Major League Baseball nearly two decades, played in both leagues, and played on four different teams.
Beltre just signed a two-year extension with the Texas Rangers that will keep him in Arlington through 2018 upon which he will likely retire. Once his contact ends, Beltre’s service time with Texas should surpass that of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
When looking at Adrian’s list of accomplishments, the accolades speak for themselves. To highlight the list, Beltre is a four-time All Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a four-time Silver Slugger. Only nine players have gotten more third base Gold Gloves than him and only two players have more Silver Sluggers. He’s hands down one of the most accomplished third basemen to ever play the game of baseball.
As far as his career totals, he’s on just about every major list out there. In career homeruns, Adrian has hit 415 which is good for 49th all-time and only 60 HR short of Stan Musial at 30th. So Adrian likely will climb this list and could find himself in the top-30 before his career ends. Beltre has 2,782 hits in his career which is 3rd among active players and 50th all-time. Assuming Beltre has 150 hits in his remaining three seasons under contract, he’ll have a shot at cracking the top 15 all-time.
Many people point to Beltre’s many ups and downs as a player as a reason to keep him out of Cooperstown, but the career numbers, alongside the overall quality as a player should be more than enough to get Adrian in the Hall of Fame.
Comment below whether you think Beltre belongs in Cooperstown and also what players you think got snubbed in the HOF bids.
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