Assessing Adrian Beltre’s Place ALL – Time: Rangers Should Lock Him Up For A Few More Years
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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.
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.
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Posted on December 11, 2015, in MLB Player Profiles and tagged adrian beltre, AL West, baseball hall of fame, brooks robinson, chipper jones, dodger stadium, fenway park, george brett, globe park in arlington, Gold Glove Winners, los angeles dodgers, mike schmidt, safeco field, seattle mariners, texas rangers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.