Today, Adrian Beltre hit his 3,000th career hit in a 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The 38-year-old third baseman is a four-time All Star, a four-time Silver Slugger award winner, and a five-time Golden Glove winner. His tenure with the Texas Rangers has been a thriller. His list of accomplishments is outstanding. However, there’s one thing missing from. A World Series championship.
Adrian Beltre is the first player born in the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits. Furthermore, he’s the 31st player to reach the 3,000-hit milestone and he’s one of the youngest players to do so. In fact, Beltre joins the likes of Rafael Palmeiro and Ichiro Suzuki as players born out of the United States to join the 3,000 hit club.
According to ESPN’s Mark Simon, Beltre is the fourth player in history to have 3,000 hits, 450 home runs, and 600 doubles in his career. Simon further states Beltre is the second player in history to have at least 750 hits while playing for three ball clubs and he’s the third player whose primary position is the third base position to reach 3,000 hits. As a matter of fact, Beltre is one of only five players in history to blast 100 homers with three ball clubs.
Here are a few more accomplishments Beltre has achieved; He’s the fourth third baseman with 1,500 career RBIs. He’s tied for the record as the fourth player to hit for the cycle three times. Furthermore, he’s a four-time Texas Rangers Play of the Year.
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Currently, in his 20th season in the majors, Beltre is continuing his dominance. Even at 38-years of age, he’s still playing great. He’s showing no signs of decline. In other words, he’s still got it and looks as though he’s still got a lot of gas in the tank. He’s under contract with the Rangers until the conclusion of the 2018 season.
No doubt, Beltre is heading to the Hall of Fame. However, at the moment, his concentration is just on playing baseball. The Rangers are having a rough year but Beltre is being himself and is playing good baseball.
Today’s a very special day for the Texas Rangers organization. Not only does Beltre reach 3,000 hits, but Ivan Rodriguez gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.