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Assessing Adrian Beltre’s Place ALL – Time: Rangers Should Lock Him Up For A Few More Years

 

Adrian Beltre has earned every cent of his 6 years/$96 MIL deal signed before the 2011 season so far. He has 3 slashed .309/.358/.514 in his tenure and has finished in the top 15 for MVP voting in each of those campaigns. The Rangers should try to extend him for 2 or 3 more years past 2016 - and lock up the future Hall Of Famer so he can end his career in Arlington. Beltre will play next season at Age 37 - and will make $16 MIL in the final year of his pact.

Adrian Beltre has earned every cent of his 6 years/$96 MIL deal signed before the 2011 season so far. He has 3 slashed .309/.358/.514 in his tenure and has finished in the top 15 for MVP voting in each of those campaigns. The Rangers should try to extend him for 2 or 3 more years past 2016 – and lock up the future Hall Of Famer so he can end his career in Arlington. Beltre will play next season at Age 37 – and will make $16 MIL in the final year of his pact.

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When Adrian Beltre arrived in Texas for the 2011 season he had a fine career that was started at age 20 in Los Angeles.  What he has achieved in Arlington was turn a decent lifetime of playing baseball into a Hall of Fame Career.

The 36 year old Third Baseman could hold records for the hot corner for XBH, 2B’s, R, GP, PA, AB, Hits and RBI just to start with – and cement his legacy in Cooperstown.

So how many years can he play beyond next year? I think it is realistic to say he could play until he is 40.  That would mean playing in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Adrian Beltre is a perfect example of a guy who crushed many years of great Extra Base numbers despite playing in Seattle, breaking free to impressive numbers in hitter friendly parks like Globe Life Park in Arlington and Fenway Park afterwards. Cespedes

Adrian Beltre is a perfect example of a guy who crushed many years of great Extra Base numbers despite playing in Los Angeles and Seattle, breaking free to impressive numbers in hitter friendly parks like Globe Life Park in Arlington and Fenway Park afterwards.  A player that is similar to him in a younger version is a guy like Yoenis Cespedes.  This man has carved out a great career and is on a path to be one of the best Third Baseman of ALL – Time.  Beltre is also one of only a select few ever to hit 3 HRs in a postseason game – accomplishing the feat in the 2011 ALDS Round.

George Brett owns the ALL – Time record for Hits at 3154.  He presently sits just 487 Hits behind him for that.  Brett also owns the doubles mark at 665 and Extra Base Hits.

Again, Beltre is only 105 2 baggers behind, and just 111 Extra Base cracks.  Both of those should be attainable if the 6 time Gold Glover can remain healthy.

Mike Schmidt‘s 548 HRs at the position is probably safe as Beltre is 135 big flies away at this point – and he is more of  20 – 25 HR threat a year right now.

Beltre should also be able to run Brooks Robinson for Games Played at 3rd, Plate Appearances and AtBats.

Chipper Jones is 280 runs ahead of him and potentially that may be a tough mark to crack if Beltre doesn’t play beyond 2020.  It still may be achievable.

One of the best factors to make the case for Beltre to gain entrance into the Hall of Fame is raising his Batting Average from the low .270’s into the mid .280’s now based on his last 5 years.

Of course his 5 straight years of top 15 AL MVP Voting (6 straight if you include his one year in Boston) has been essential to his success.  In that time frame he also made 4 ALL – Star Games, won 2 Silver Sluggers and Gold Glove Awards.

In addition to his numbers being compared versus the players at 3B, he should reach the top 10 for Extra Base Hits ALL – Time and top 5 for Doubles.  Beltre could also finish as high as 4th in Games Played.

Provided their is not a catastrophic career ending injury soon, Beltre should eclipse the 3000 hit plateau around the end of 2017.  There have still only been 29 players in the history of the game to hit that mark.

When I was first going to a lot of games at Safeco Field during his tenure there I was surprised to see that his power wasn’t translating into better offensive production, and his play at 3B was always Gold Glove caliber.

The minute Beltre left Seattle I said to watch his game blossom in a hitters environment at Fenway Park first, and I loved the Texas signing of his services soon after.

One of my first articles I ever wrote for this website was I thought Beltre was hitting himself into Hall of Fame consideration.  A lot of the numbers and totals I aforementioned in this article were part of those projections. Beltre has even exceeded those projections.

I hope that Texas resigns the man and lets him finish his career there.

Adrian Beltre should end up with north of 3000 Hits, could potentially smack 87 HRs to reach the 500 HR mark, and he should end up near 700 Doubles provided he stays healthy and can play for the next 4 years. His RBI total should also be near the 1600 mark. Beltre could also reach the top 4 ALL - Time for Games Played before his career is over. All While reeling in 7 top 15 MVP Voting years with a couple of top 3 finishes, 6 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Slugger

Adrian Beltre should end up with north of 3000 Hits, could potentially smack 87 HRs to reach the 500 HR mark, and he should end up near 700 Doubles provided he stays healthy and can play for the next 4 years. His RBI total should also be near the 1600 mark. Beltre could also reach the top 4 ALL – Time for Games Played before his career is over. All While reeling in 7 top 15 MVP Voting years with a couple of top 3 finishes, 6 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Slugger Awards.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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