Texas Rangers Story Today: Adrian Beltre Announces Retirement
On this date in franchise history, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré announced his retirement.
The moment came on November 20, 2018, when Beltré decided to quit after a long and productive career that placed him among the best players in baseball history.
Beltré broke into the Los Angeles Dodgers as a 19-year-old infielder in 1998 and played for a total of 21 seasons. He found his first glimpse of national recognition during his final season in Los Angeles in 2004, when he hit 48 home runs and finished second in the National League MVP vote, although he was not. selected as All-Star.
After that, Beltré spent the next five seasons with the Seattle Mariners as he began to enter his prime, winning a pair of gold gloves in 2008 and 2009. He played one season in Boston. in 2010, where he finally made it to his first All-Star game at age 31.
But, with the Rangers from 2011 to 2018, his career seemed to be reaching a zenith. Joining a franchise that just reached the World Series, Beltré only added to his arsenal, reaching .296 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs in his debut season. He returned to the All-Star Game, finished 15th in the MVP vote, and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award.
Over the next five seasons, Beltré would either compete in an All-Star Game, finish in the Top 15 MVP votes (including a third place in 2012), win a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger Award. In many cases, he has done more than one thing.
Beltré ended his career with the Rangers with a batting average of 0.304, 199 home runs and 699 RBIs. For his 21-year career, Beltré finished in elite company with 3,166 career hits, as well as 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs.
The Rangers removed his jersey and inducted him into their Hall of Fame. Beltré will be eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2024.
Don’t touch his head.
Also on this date …
November 20, 1974: Jeff Burroughs becomes the first Ranger to win the American League MVP title. He reached 0.301 with 25 homers and 118 RBIs leading the league as the Rangers finished second in the American League West under Billy Martin. Burroughs finished ahead of Joe Rudi, Sal Bando and Reggie Jackson, who all played for Oakland.
November 20, 2013: The Texas Rangers rocked the foundations of their fan base when they traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for first baseman Prince Fielder.
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