After 21 seasons, the Texas Rangers third baseman is hanging up his cleats.
“After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing for my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” Beltre said in a statement.
Beltre entered the league in 1998 at the age of 19 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played seven seasons there before playing in Seattle and then Boston and eventually settling down in Texas in 2011.
He was a key part in those years where they were competitive especially in the 2011 World Series in which he batted .300.
His career stats are a .286/.339/.480 with 3,166 hits, 477 home runs, and 1707 RBIs. Those numbers will surely be enough to get Beltre into the Hall of Fame. He is the only third baseman in the history of the MLB with at least 3,000 hits and 400 home runs. His 3,166 hits are 16th all-time and the most of any international player ever. He was a 4-time All-Star and won 6 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Slugger awards.
On the field, Beltre will be remembered for his outgoing personality and drop-knee hits.
Adrian Beltre was a gift. pic.twitter.com/AIMeVtbsAu
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) November 20, 2018
Beltre has had trouble staying on the field the past two seasons. The Rangers are a team thats in a full rebuild and the 39 year old doesn’t exactly fit into that situation.
He still was quite productive when he was on the field in 2018 hitting .273/.328/.434 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs.
He was a delight to watch and brought a great energy to the ballpark each and every day.