The 10 Greatest Home Run Hitters in Texas Rangers History
By Chris Giles
#5- Adrian Beltre
Years: 8 (2011-2018)
Adrian Beltre was the greatest third baseman to ever play for the Texas Rangers and quite possibly the greatest 3B of all-time. Beltre started playing in MLB when he was just 19 years old. In 2011, Beltre signed to play 3B for the Rangers.
In 2,933 career games covering 21 MLB seasons, Beltre hit 477 HR (31st all-time) and collected 1,707 RBI (25th all-time). He also had 3,166 hits in his career, good for 17th all-time in MLB history.
On five occasions, Beltre hit 30 or more HR and 100 RBI in a season.
Beltre played in four All-Star games (2010-2012, 2014), won five Gold Glove Awards (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016), won four Silver Slugger Awards (2004, 2010, 2011, 2014), in 2019 had his Texas Rangers #29 retired, and in 2021 Beltre was enshrined into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.
According to baseball-reference.com, Beltre earned more than $219M for his career including $18M in each of his final three years when he was a member of the Rangers.
There is no doubt that in 2024, when Beltre is first eligible, he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer.