Today, Major League Baseball says goodbye to one of their finest. Or should we say, one of the game’s finest says goodbye to MLB. Tuesday morning, Adrián Beltré would release his own statement. After 21 seasons in the game, he’s hanging up the cleats.
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“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,” he writes.
Beltré spent 21 seasons between four different teams. But he’ll forever be known as a Rangers legend. That’s where he spent the final eight years of his career, hitting .304/.357/.509 with 239 doubles and 199 home runs. Beltré also spent the first seven years of his MLB career with the Dodgers, where he rose all the way to No. 2 in MVP voting before leaving in free agency to sign with the Seattle Mariners.
All the way back in 2004, Beltré hit .334/.388/.629 (1.017 OPS) with 32 doubles and a league-leading 48 home runs.
As far as all-time marks go, Beltré finishes with 3,166 career hits, 636 doubles and 477 home runs. We’re going to miss the antics. We’ll miss all of his teammates trying to touch his head. He was a comedy gold mine, after all. But he was so much more than that. His decision makes sense, of course. He’s 39 years old and has been playing for 21 years.
But all good things eventually come to and end. And we hope for nothing but the best as Beltré starts his life after baseball. And one day soon, we look forward to celebrating him as a Hall of Famer.