Happy Retirement Adrián Beltré
On November 20, 2018, Adrián Beltré announced his retirement. Beltré is one of the best third basemen to every play the game, and one of the most accomplished all-around players in history. After 2,933 games played, he’ll be retiring after accumulating a 95.7 career WAR, getting selected to 4 All-Star teams, and winning 5 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Sluggers. On top of this, he has hit for the cycle on three separate occasions and is only the 4th third baseman to reach 400 home and 1,500 RBIs.
Beltré made his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 at the age of 19. He went on to play for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers. During his 21-year MLB career, Beltré was one of the most enjoyable players for fans to watch, and for teammates to be around. He’ll always be remembered for his prowess and longevity on the baseball diamond. But what fans will miss the most is the entertainment and joy he brought to the game.
Without him, baseball just won’t be as fun. Nobody is going to drop to one knee when hitting a home run, pretend to get mad at his teammates when they touch the top of his head, banter with another infielder at the same time as catching a routine popup, or get thrown out of a game for moving the on-deck circle to him instead of going to stand in it.
For a guy who was a jokester his entire career, it is only appropriate he go out the same way. Rangers GM, Jon Daniels said that when talking to Beltré on the phone, he started off on a serious note. Beltré told Daniels that it was a tough decision for him, but he has decided to play. He went on to say that he had just received an offer from the Dodgers and he was going to end his career the same way it started, in Los Angeles. After a pause, Beltré started laughing and told Daniels that he was just kidding, and he was in fact, going to retire. Even when doing something that most players dread, Beltré found a way to have some fun.
Here is his official statement: “After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” Beltré said in a statement. “I have through about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it’s time to call it a career.
Adrián Beltré is a true Baseball Treasure. As the representative for the Texas Rangers, Beltré has been immortalized in a copper and silver coin. #JoinTheHunt and pick up yours today!