Oh captain, my captain, how it hurts to grade you so low. Adrian Beltre decided last second that he would play for the Dominican Republic despite battling a calf injury.
“I would like represent my country. This will be my last WBC, and I’m proud to be called Dominican. Hopefully we win.” Beltre said in an interview shortly before he left to join the Dominican team.
Beltre was not on the 2013 Dominican squad that eventually won the tournament. With superstar, Manny Machado at third base, the Dominican Republic used Beltre as the full-time DH. While is veteran leadership and lovable personality was valuable to the clubhouse, his bat, not so much.
Among players with at least 15 at-bats Beltre ranked last in average, OBP, slugging, and OPS. His one hit in four games was a long cry from his 2006 performance which netted him All-WBC Team honors.
Rangers fans don’t need to worry. Beltre is a notorious slow starter and will surly be back to his All-Star form in no time. The future Hall of Famer starts 2017 only 58 hits shy of 3,000.