Adrian Beltre Newsbeat
Sunday, August 23, 2015
When Beltre was informed about 10 days ago that he was closing in on Julio Franco’s record of 2,527 games set over three decades, but seemed more like two centuries, he stopped the frown show for just a moment. He may have even let a small smile start to crack at the corner of his lips.
The moment arrives Sunday at Detroit when Beltre is expected to play in game No. 2,528 of his career over the course of an 18-year career that keeps adding Hall of Fame credentials almost by the week. Even this year, in what has been mostly a down season offensively, Beltre surpassed 400 homers to become just the sixth player in history to reach 400 homers and 500 doubles before his 37th birthday. He passed Graig Nettles for second place to Brooks Robinson for most games at third base. He has passed 2,700 hits. Before the season is over, he’ll likely have 1,000 extra base hits.
Posted: August 23, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
His career Wins Above Replacement, according to BaseballReference.com, is 36th all time at 80.7. That places him fifth among all third basemen. Only Hall of Famers are ahead of him: Mike Schmidt (106.5), Eddie Mathews (96.4), Wade Boggs (91) and Brooks Robinson (88.4).
His career WAR is higher than a long list of Hall of Famers, including Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.
Counting the players who spent most of their time at third base, Beltre is fifth all-time in hits, home runs and RBIs.
Defense? Those metrics are sometimes trickier, but his defensive WAR is second all-time among third basemen, trailing only Robinson.
The Rangers third baseman hit for the third cycle of his career, becoming just the fourth major leaguer ever to do it that many times, and the first since Babe Herman in 1933.
The other players to get a single, double, triple and home run in one MLB game on three occasions were Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Don’t let it go to his head.
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
Monday, June 01, 2015
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks after suffering a sprained left thumb and a cut that required four stitches in the fifth inning Sunday.
The Rangers said that Beltre was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister and was being fitting for a splint. The Rangers are off Monday and also have an off day June 8.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Saturday, March 14, 2015
It’s official: Yu Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2015. It’s a big loss for both the Rangers and for fans; if you didn’t enjoy watching Darvish pitch, you don’t like baseball. As we awaited news of his fate the past few days, I wondered if this worst-case scenario would mean that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels would consider trading Adrian Beltre. Joe Sheehan suggested the same thing Thursday in his newsletter:
“The next challenge for Daniels will be a painful one—exploring trade possibilities for Beltre, a free agent after 2016 who could make a difference right now to a dozen teams. Beltre has limited no-trade protection, and would gain full veto rights after the 2015 season as a 10-and-five player. If the Rangers don’t rip through April, they have to explore the market for Beltre. At 2/34 for a four-win player, Beltre would have no shortage of suitors. Picture the Nationals with Beltre at third and Anthony Rendon back at second, or the Pirates with Beltre at third and Josh Harrison back in a utility role. If the Rangers aren’t going to win this year—the Rangers aren’t going to win this year—they need to trade Beltre. This is a .500 team in a division and a league where that simply won’t be good enough.”
Posted: March 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
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