There might be a familiar face that Texas Rangers fans know well, making some big news in the next couple of weeks. Rangers fans all remember Adrian Beltre's smile when he took the field in a Rangers uniform. Who also can't forget all the shenanigans that Beltre and Elvis Andrus had during games? Seeing Beltre's name etched forever in the Baseball Hall of Fame will bring joy to his fans. Perhaps he will even wear a Rangers hat on his plaque in Cooperstown. Here is a quick rundown of the top four seasons Beltre had for the Texas Rangers.
Adrian Beltre's best Texas Rangers season #4 - 2013
At age 34, baseball reporters thought that Adrian Beltre's production would begin to diminish during the 2013 season. Beltre finished the season with a .315 batting average, a .371 OBP, and a .509 slugging percentage. He also finished the season with 199 hits and 30 home runs. Even though the Rangers lost that AL tie-breaker game to the Tampa Bay Rays and were eliminated from the playoffs, this was the beginning of Beltre building his hall-of-fame resume.
Adrian Beltre's best Texas Rangers season #3 - 2014
Beltre would build off that exceptional season the following year, by earning some accolades and awards in 2014. While playing 148 games, Beltre finished the 2014 season with a .324 batting average, a .388 OBP, and a .492 slugging percentage. He also finished the season with 19 HR and 178 hits. Beltre was selected for the final All-Star game of his career in 2014 and won the Silver Slugger Award as well. Beltre was a shining beacon of hope for fans during a season you could describe as a dumpster fire for the organization.
Adrian Beltre's best Texas Rangers season #2 - 2016
This is Beltre's second-best season with the Texas Rangers, and it would include some lasts in his career. Beltre finished with a .300 batting average, a .358 OBP, and a .492 slugging percentage. He also finished with 32 home runs and 104 RBI. He would also receive the Gold Glove Award at the end of the season. This season was significant because if you look at his stats, this was the last season where he would finish with 30+ home runs and 100 RBI. It was even the final season that the Rangers made the playoffs with Beltre on the roster.
Adrian Beltre's best Texas Rangers season #1 - 2012
Beltre's best season was in 2012 after the Rangers failed to win the 2011 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He finished the 2012 season with a .321 batting average, a .359 OBP, and a .561 slugging percentage. He also recorded 36 HR, 102 RBI, 194 hits, and 339 total bases. Beltre represented the Rangers at the All-Star Game and earned another Gold Glove Award. If you look at his stats, he finished with the second-highest OPS of his career, just barely under what he did in 2004 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Even though Beltre played only eight seasons for the Texas Rangers, it feels like he played in Arlington for his entire career. He brought smiles to fans through some of the worst seasons of the organization. His leadership on the field helped the Rangers compete no matter how stacked their opponent was. Beltre had a fantastic career, that included some great seasons for the Rangers.
He deserves to have his name enshrined in Cooperstown.