Third baseman Adrian Beltre ripped an RBI double down the line against the Orioles to reach 3,000 career hits on Sunday. With this fourth inning hit, Beltre becomes the 31st player to reach this auspicious mark.
The future Hall-of-Famer has had an incredible career, and even at 38 years of age, he is showing no signs of slowing. So far, he has hit .310, nine home runs, and 36 RBIs this season. That is even with missing the first part of the season, due to injuries. He has never won an MVP award, but he is a five-time Gold Glover and a four-time Silver Slugger.
The Rangers are currently fighting for their lives in the American League, but whether they win or lose, this accomplishment will be the moment that defines their season. It’s currently Beltre that is keeping the team alive, and if he continues to swing a hot bat, there’s a decent chance we could see him playing in the postseason.
Adrian Beltre first debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 24 of 1998. In his first full season, he hit .275, and played almost full time, at the young age of 20 years old. This clearly foreshadowed how great his career would eventually be.