Yesterday was the day Texas Rangers fans have been waiting for a long time. Adrian Beltre was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by a wide margin. Beltre will always be remembered in Texas for the way he played baseball. He will also go down in Rangers' history for the funniest ejection from a baseball game.
When the voting results for the Baseball Hall of Fame get released, there is usually some controversy about who the voters put into the Hall of Fame. The voters got it right, selecting Beltre into this year's Hall of Fame class. Here are three reasons the voters did the right thing.
Beltre was arguably the best third basemen to play the game
One reason the voters got it right putting Beltre into the Baseball Hall of Fame is because he's arguably the best third baseman to play the game. According to former Rangers Beat Reporter TR Sullivan, he is the only third baseman to record 3,000 hits and 400 home runs. He's also third overall in home runs hit by a third baseman behind only Mike Schmidt and Eddy Matthews. Beltre also received multiple postseason awards throughout his career. Baseball fans might not see someone come close to what Beltre achieved during his career for a while.
Adrian Beltre played the game right
Adrian Beltre was one of the best teamates that you could have asked for. He mentored his teammates if he saw that they were doing something wrong during a game or at practice. Beltre was also a leader in the Rangers and Red Sox clubhouses. If one of his teammates had a question, more than likely they went up to Beltre to get advice from him. He represented the game of baseball the right way and it's a no-brainer to vote him into Cooperstown.
Dominican Republic native Beltre was a trailblazer for many players
Adrian Beltre has been paving the way for more Dominican Republic baseball players. Beltre and Albert Pujols are trailblazers in growing the game of baseball back in their home country. Recently, Beltre and Pujols hosted a golf tournament fundraiser to build a baseball complex in Veron. The complex will help develop the next wave of Dominican Republic players. Baseball fans shouldn't be surprised future Dominican Republic players say their idol was Beltre growing up. That's how big of an impact Beltre is on baseball in his homeland.
Reasons Why The Voters Got It Right: Conclusion
Baseball voters deserve a pat on the shoulder for voting Beltre into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot. There might not be another player during our lifetime that could top Beltre's stats as a third baseman. The way Beltre approached the game and was the perfect teammate will never be forgotten. Adrian Beltre deserves to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Rangers fans can't wait to see his sculpture with the Texas Rangers cap on it.
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