As the calendar turns from 2023 to 2024, it is a near-forgone conclusion that Adrian Beltre will be elected to the Hall of Fame later this month. However, what is not so clear is what hat the third baseman will don on his Hall of Fame plaque. Since 2001 the Hall of Fame has made the hat selection along with input from the player and their family. A Texas Rangers hat is the clear favorite to be selected, but there are a few other options that Rangers fans will have to sweat out.
Beltre played with four teams across his illustrious career, and at least two of those could be realistic possibilities, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. Despite playing five seasons in the heart of what would be many players' prime years (age 26 through 30) in Seattle, Beltre didn't put up monster numbers for the Mariners. He played in 715 games while recording 751 hits and 103 home runs for the club and did add the first two of his eventual five Gold Gloves while in Seattle as well.
After leaving Seattle, Beltre spent one season with the Boston Red Sox where he had a fantastic season in 2010. He was selected for his first All-Star Game, won the Silver Slugger award, and finished in ninth place in the AL MVP voting. Even though he had that great season in Boston and the five years in Seattle, there is little chance that either of those two teams will be on Beltre's hat this summer in Cooperstown.