Adrian Beltre Retires

After 21 seasons in the big leagues, fan favorite Adrian Beltre has decided to hang up his spikes.

Beltre launches a big hit from his classic knee drop swing.

Beltre launches a big hit from his classic knee drop swing.

Cory Fakterowitz, Staff Writer

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Signed at the age of 15 in July of 1994 after being spotted by scouts for the Los Angeles Dodgers- who were amongst the first teams to start tapping into the Dominican Republic- in search of talent to a lock for the Hall of Fame. Adrian Beltre for the past 21 years has kept baseball fans entertained, from his signature home run swing to his hilarious hatred for having his head touched. Beltre amassed 3,166 hits, 477 homeruns, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, and a 95.7 career wins above replacement. Five years down the road he will be almost certainly inducted into baseball immortality in Cooperstown going down as one of the best 3rd baseman major league baseball’s ever seen.  He left a huge impact on all four teams he played for (Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers), especially the Rangers. No one will ever forget the 2011 Texas Rangers in which Beltre and the Rangers came within one out of winning their first championship.

Not only creating impact on the field but in the clubhouse, he imposed his leadership and was the rock of the Rangers for 8 seasons. His retirements also leaves his other beloved teammate Bartolo Colon as the last remaining player from the 90’s on an active roster. Beltre’s best season came at his prime age of 25 when he slashed a solid .334 batting average, racking up 200 hits and slugging 48 long balls. His offensive numbers, however, are not as impressive as his amazing defensive prowess, which was under looked, winning only 5 Gold Gloves. This doesn’t take away the fact that he leads all time in Defensive Runs Saved since it became a statistic with a crazy 222 runs saved. One of the most loved things about him was his relationship with teammate and best friend Elvis Andrus. The two were constantly fooling with one another and causing trouble. All in all, the Major Leagues just lost a generational player and one of the best 3rd baseman of all time. Thank you, Mr. Beltre for all the great memories.

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