ADRIAN PEREZ BELTRE
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   3B
Home: N/A Team:   RANGERS
Height: 5' 11" Bats:   R
Weight: 220 Throws:   R
DOB: 4/7/1979 Agent: Scott Boras
Uniform #: 29  
Birth City: Santo Domingo, D. R.
Draft: 1994 - Dodgers - Free agent
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1995 DOM Summer Lg.                                
1996 SAL SAVANNAH     244 48 75 14 3 16 59 4   35 46     .307
1996 CAL SAN BERNARDINO     238 40 62 13 1 10 40 3   19 44     .261
1997 FSL VERO BEACH     435 95 138 24 2 26 104 25   67 66     .317
1998 TL SAN ANTONIO     246 49 79 21 2 13 56 20   39 37     .321
1998 NL DODGERS $170.00 77 195 18 42 9 0 7 22 3   14 37     .215
1999 NL DODGERS $220.00 152 538 84 148 27 5 15 67 18   61 105     .275
2000 NL DODGERS $1,000.00 138 510 71 148 30 2 20 85 12   56 80     .290
2001 NL DODGERS $1,250.00 126 475 59 126 22 4 13 60 13   28 82     .265
2002 NL DODGERS $2,300.00 159 587 70 151 26 5 21 75 7   37 96     .257
2003 NL DODGERS $3,700.00 158 559 50 134 30 2 23 80 2   37 103     .240
2004 NL DODGERS $5,000.00 156 598 104 200 32 0 48 121 7   53 87     .334
2005 AL MARINERS $11,400.00 156 603 69 154 36 1 19 87 3   38 108     .255
2006 AL MARINERS $12,900.00 156 620 88 166 39 4 25 89 11 5 47 118 .328 .465 .268
2007 AL MARINERS $12,900.00 149 595 87 164 41 2 26 99 14 2 38 104 .319 .482 .276
2008 AL MARINERS $13,400.00 143 556 74 148 29 1 25 77 8 2 50 90 .327 .457 .266
2009 AL MARINERS $13,400.00 111 449 54 119 27 0 8 44 13 2 19 74 .304 .379 .265
2010 AL RED SOX $9,000.00 154 589 84 189 49 2 28 102 2 1 40 82 .365 .553 .321
2011 PCL ROUND ROCK   2 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .250
2011 AL RANGERS $14,000.00 124 487 82 144 33 0 32 105 1 1 25 53 .331 .561 .296
2012 AL RANGERS $15,000.00 156 604 95 194 33 2 36 102 1 0 36 82 .359 .561 .321
2013 AL RANGERS $16,000.00 161 631 88 199 32 0 30 92 1 0 50 78 .371 .509 .315
2014 AL RANGERS $17,000.00 148 549 79 178 33 1 19 77 1 1 57 74 .388 .492 .324
2015 AL RANGERS $16,000.00 143 567 83 163 32 4 18 83 1 0 41 65 .334 .453 .287
2016 AL RANGERS $18,000.00 153 583 89 175 31 1 32 104 1 1 48 66 .358 .521 .300
2017 AL RANGERS   94 340 47 106 22 1 17 71 1 0 39 52 .383 .532 .312
Personal
  • Adrian has no problem remembering his first baseball glove. Not many kids in the Dominican Republic forget, because poverty there is widespread and gloves are a luxury item.

    There wasn't much money in the Beltre household, but Adrian's father wrote to a friend living in New York, who bought a glove for the youngster and shipped it down. Beltre was about 12 at the time, just about ready to assume duties as the second baseman for his Little League team, Don Bosco.

    "There were a lot of us who made gloves out of cardboard and used those for a while," Beltre said. "We would use tennis balls instead of baseballs and sticks instead of bats."

    And he'd play catch with his father. Almost every night, the two would go in the back yard and play, gloveless or with the cardboard imitation. That's how he learned the game. The first real glove was a Rawlings, but not a professional model, not a signed model. It was just a leather glove. Very ordinary. When the glove arrived from New York, it expanded Beltre's horizons, but it didn't expand his hands, which were a little undersized for the new one.

    "It was a little bit too big for me, loose, but I didn't mind," Beltre said. "I kept that glove for three years. By the time I was finished with it, it was ripped and torn. You basically couldn't catch anything with it."(John Hickey-Seattle Post-Intelligencer-3/3/05)

  • Adrian's father was friends with longtime player and manager Felipe Alou. And Alou remembers holding Adrian when he was a baby.

  • Beltre was just as good at basketball and tennis as he was at baseball until he was age 13. Then, one day he found himself watching a baseball game from the United States on TV. The picture wasn't all that sharp and the game wasn't all that memorable. But the Astros third baseman that day made quite an impression on Adrian.

    "Ken Caminiti," Adrian said. "I saw how hard he played. I saw the plays he made. And I got serious about baseball."

  • With all his great skills, Adrian also has a burning desire to succeed. He works real hard, wants to learn, accepts constructive criticism well and is just a pleasure to have on a team. He is a perfectionist who wants to do everything the right way.

  • In 1994, Beltre signed with the Dodgers when he was just 15 years old. And he weighed only 130 pounds. 

    But Commissioner Bud Selig suspended the Dodgers' scouting operations in the Dominican Republic for a year, because signing a player at that age was prevented under MLB rules.

  • Adrian was 19 years and 78 days old when he made his big league debut with the Dodgers on June 24, 1998.

  • He was the Dodgers' best Dominican player since Raul Mondesi.
  • During the 1996 season, the owner of one sports memorabilia firm, Minford's Minors in North Carolina, was so impressed with Beltre's potential that, when he learned the Savannah Sand Gnats were not having a player card set, decided to produce his own.

    YOUNG PHENOM

  • In 1996, South Atlantic League managers chose Beltre as the best batting prospect, best power prospect, best defensive third baseman, best infield arm, and most exciting player.

  • In 1997, Adrian was the MVP of the Florida State League, after battling for the triple crown with league highs in homers and RBI to go with fourth-best batting average.
  • In 1998, he was rated the top prospect in the Texas League by Baseball America.

  • During the winter after the 1998 season, Beltre became the third player in Dominican League history to reach double figures in home runs and stolen bases in a season. And he was the loop's MVP, of course. Only Alonzo Perry and George Bell had been in the 10-10 club before.

  • November 11, 1999: Beltre's agent, Scott Boras, filed a grievance, claiming Adrian should be granted free agency because the Dodgers violated baseball's rules by signing him before he turned 16. The Dodgers 1999 media guide listed his birthdate as April 7, 1978, but Boras said he was born a year later, meaning he was signed at 15.

    Beltre said he was never asked to lie. He said he hadn't even heard of the rule until Boras commented that Adrian had accomplished plenty by the age of 21, and Beltre told him he was only 20.

    For their infraction, the Commissioner's Office fined the Dodgers $50,000, ordered the Dodgers to shut down their operations in the Dominican for one year, forbade the team from signing any Dominican players for a year, suspended Pablo Peguero, the scout who signed Beltre, for one year. The Dodgers also paid Beltre $48,500, the estimated amount Beltre would have been worth if he had waited a year to sign, plus interest. Beltre had originally signed for $17,000.

  • Adrian and wife Sandra, were married during the offseason before 2003 spring training. The couple celebrated the birth of their first child, daughter Cassandra, in the spring of 2004.

    September 10, 2006: Adrian and Sandra celebrated the birth of their second child, and first son.

    October 2, 2010: Adrian's wife, Sandra, delivered their third child, Canila, their second daughter.

  • Some people believe the Dodgers pushed him to the Major Leagues too soon, with no Triple A experience and only 64 games of Double A.

    Others think they pampered him too much once he arrived, never forcing him to acquire the work habits that are now required. Because he arrived here in 1998, one could argue he was a victim of the chaos surrounding the changing Dodger regimes, from O'Malley to Fox, a prospect pushed too fast.

    "I'd just like to see him become the player he can be," Tracy said early in the 2003 season. "It's about consistency. It's about doing the same things every day."

  • The Dodgers wanted him to spend more time in the batting cage. They didn't think he did that enough. The Dodgers wanted him to focus on hitting as a science instead of a swat meet. They didn't think he did that enough, either. Beltre says all the help can be suffocating.

    "I was trying to work on hitting just to right field and it messed me up," he said late in 2003. "I need to stick with trying to hit the ball up the middle. I'll keep trying. I don't care what people upstairs or outside think."

  • Midway through the 2003 season, Beltre's Dodger teammates said he was trying harder, arriving early to watch videotapes of his at-bats and generally displaying better body language.

  • Adrian spends team flights with his nose buried in a laptop computer, creating elaborate playlists for his iPod.
  • Beltre is a regular visitor to the children's ward at L.A.'s White Memorial Medical Center. That compassion has grown out of Adrian's relationship with his younger brother, Elvin, whose meningitis at a young age left him with impaired speech and motor skills. Adrian calls Elvin in the Dominican Republic almost every other day.

  • Adrian hates to have the top of head rubbed, or even touched.
  • During the offseason before 2006 spring training, Beltre went on a low-carb diet and lost about 12 pounds. He went back to his home in Los Angeles and started eating "mostly chicken breasts and salads, no carbohydrates."

    Beltre also spent a lot of time on a treadmill, and the end result was a more chiseled look and fewer pounds his legs have to carry.

  • In March 2006, Beltre hit four homers and drove in nine runs in five World Baseball Classic games for the Dominican Republic.

  • Third baseman Adrian Beltre returned to Arizona on Wednesday night, reported to work Thursday morning and was in the lineup for the game against the Brewers. He missed two games while in Mexico while attending the funeral of his wife's grandmother.

  • Beltre has become more vocal—more of a leader in the clubhouse and on the bench during games. He brings  intensity, leadership, and energy that fit right in with the rest of the team—another natural clubhouse voice for the American League champions.

    "A great leader ... and a lot of fun to be around," teammate Ian Kinsler said. "Just the way he is. He likes to play around and mess around, just like the rest of us. But he knows when the right time is to strap it on and play hard every day."

  • Beltre has been thrown out of a game three times in his career. One of those came while going up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez during one of their trash-talking confrontations.

    "He was talking smack," Beltre said. "He said he was going to strike me out three times. Well, he struck me out on a pitch that was in the dirt. Everybody could see it bounce, but the umpire called it a strike. It was a rookie umpire.

    "So I yelled at Felix, 'Next time, bring that up and I'll hit it out.' I never turned and faced the umpire. But he thought I was yelling at him, so he threw me out of the game."

    The umpire probably didn't realize at the time that he was witnessing one of baseball's longest-running and most-amusing "feuds" in the big leagues. Beltre and Hernandez are close friends, and they have great respect for each other. But they are also over the top when it comes to talking "smack" to each other. They'll do it by phone, by text message, or by yelling at each other during batting practice when both teams are out on the field.

    But unlike most opponents, they keep up the steady flow of smack during the course of a game. In 2012 in Seattle, Hernandez yelled that he would "dance on the mound" when he struck out Beltre with his changeup. Beltre responded by screaming from the Rangers dugout he would just "spit" on the pitch. The two former Mariners teammates love it.

    Beltre has one home run against Felix (as of July 2013). It came on Sept. 18, 2011, in the Rangers' 3-0 victory.

    "Yeah, one home run," Hernandez said. "It was an 0-2 count, I was trying to go in, and he crushed that ball. He was yelling at me the whole way around the bases. I could not look at him, because I was going to start laughing. But when I get him out, I get him back, for sure. If he hits a fly ball, I just yell pretty loud. And he'll say, 'C'mon man.' It's awesome."

    Their friendship goes back to 2005. Beltre had just signed a five-year contract to play for the Mariners and Hernandez was an 18-year-old highly regarded rookie. Beltre was coming off his best season with the Dodgers, having led the National League in home runs.

    "I first met him at my first spring training in 2005," Hernandez said. "He was a great guy, a great teammate. A tough guy. He's as tough a guy as I've ever seen playing. He could be hurt with anything and he'd still be in the lineup, playing unbelievable defense.

    "It was Jose Lopez, Yuni [Betancourt] and I. We just always hung out with Belly. And Belly was always talking to us about what we should do and what we weren't supposed to do."

    Said Beltre, "He reminded me of myself. He is a hard worker and wants to be the best. I did everything I could to help him, but he really works hard to be the best."

    The "feud" really got started when Beltre left the Mariners to play for the Red Sox, but that was for just one season in limited engagements. Beltre then signed a six-year deal with the Rangers in 2011, putting him in the same division as Hernandez. Now he faces Hernandez several times a year.

  • Adrian refuses to wear a protective cup. He says it is uncomfortable.

  • On June 25, 2014: Beltre became the sixth player since 1900 with 2,500 career hits as primarily a third baseman.

  • Adrian put in a normal day at the ballpark on a Saturday at 2015 Spring Training. He was there for early hitting and conditioning, took a hundred ground balls plus regular batting practice, and then he played a game.  When it was over, Beltre went out to the back field and threw batting practice.  

    No, he wasn't throwing to Prince Fielder or Elvis Andrus. The kid at the plate was Adrian Beltre Jr., eight-year-old son of the Rangers' third baseman. One of Beltre's great joys as he goes through the twilight of a Hall of Fame career is having his son join him on the road or in Spring Training.  

    "It makes it easier," Beltre said. "It's great. It's a lot of fun because I know how much he likes it, how much he likes to be around the guys, how much he likes the ballpark. I try to make sure he doesn't get in the way of anybody, but at the same time have fun and be around what I do."  

    Adrian Jr., who has his own uniform, summed it up succinctly when asked what he enjoys most about being with the Rangers. "I get to practice with my dad," he said. Adrian Jr. plays second, third and center field. It would seem like a great thing to have one of the best third basemen ever as a coach, but that isn't the case here. There isn't much coaching at all, just playing catch and throwing batting practice.  

    "I don't really teach him anything," Beltre said. "He's eight years old, so I make sure he is having fun. I get out of his way and try not to make him be somebody. He's at an age where I just want him to get his own identity. I don't want to teach him how to hit, I just tell him see the ball and hit it. Just be ready for the throws."  

    So apparently, father has no hidden dreams of little Adrian growing up to be the next Ken Griffey Jr. At least for now. "He can be whatever he wants," Beltre said. "I'm not going to push him to be anything. The only thing as a father is I don't want him to do is play football. Other than that, do whatever he wants to do."   

    "I try to be involved in his life as much as I can and be a positive figure to him," Beltre said.  School also doesn't get neglected. Beltre and his wife Sandra make their home in the Los Angeles area and they also have two daughters, Cassandra and Canila. The whole family gets to be with dad on occasions during the season, but school is not forgotten.  

    "We are home-schooling Adrian Jr. right now," Beltre said. "We have a system which the school he is in sends his homework through a computer. He does most of his schooling in the school he goes to, but when we take him out of school, he still does his work."  

  • Family is obviously important to Beltre. He had his own strong relationship with his father Bienvenido Beltre while growing up in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. His father was a baseball player and an industrial mechanic, although his son allowed him to retire once Beltre reached the big leagues in 1999.  

    "I'm close to my dad," Beltre said. "I didn't get to be around him as much as I wanted to but I looked up to my dad. I used to see him play too. He played winter ball in the Dominican. He didn't play professionally, but he was allowed to play winter ball. I didn't get to see him get to play as much as he comes to see me.  

    "I grew up in neighborhood where almost everybody played baseball. My uncles, my dad of course, my cousins. At same time, I grew up watching my dad play baseball so it was natural for me to love the game. I haven't seen him as much as I want to since I came to the United States, but he loves the game. He comes here to watch games and we talk about baseball as much as we can."   (Sullivan - mlb.com - 3/23/15)   

  • April 2015: Beltre had the misfortune of hitting against Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, who proceeded to saw through three of Beltre's personal bats in a single afternoon.  

    And just like the rest of us, Beltre felt as though he shouldn't have to foot the bill for the cost of doing business as a professional, so he decided to put the bats on his expense account and sent an official invoice to Richards. Beltre sent Richards a $300 invoice for the three bats he broke. Richards loved it. He sent him back a bat. (Mike Bertha - 4/26/15)   

  • August 23, 2015:  The numbers continue to pile up for Beltre, and those numbers continue to make the case that Beltre belongs in the debate about the greatest player from the Dominican Republic. 

    “Not even close,” the Rangers’ third baseman said a few hours before he passed Julio Franco for the most games played by a Dominican player (2,528). “Because a lot of Dominicans are a lot better players than me.”  

    Maybe, but Beltre has the most hits (2,714) by a native of the Dominican Republic and now the most games. He says those are just the by-product of having such a long career.

  • In addition to being one of the game's top third basemen, Adrian is active off the field. He and his wife, Sandra, are involved in the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, the Texas Rangers RBI program in the DFW Metroplex and the I Love Baseball program in the Dominican Republic.Beltre has donated to David Valle's Esperanza International as well as foundations established by Robinson Chirinos, Michael Young, Eddie Guardado and Joakim Soria. He has also contributed to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.  (Sullivan - mlb.com - 9/14/15)

  • When Beltre returns to the dugout after a big hit, they set themselves up: Whoever is closest high-fives Beltre while someone else—usually shortstop and best friend/chief pest, Elvis Andrus—knocks Beltre's helmet off from behind. The hand darts in, and the offender scurries away before the 5' 11",  220-pounder can retaliate.

    "I thought about killing him," Beltre once famously said of then-Red Sox teammate Victor Martinez, one of the most notorious helmet thieves. "I thought about it. But I have a family, so I didn't"

    He was kidding. But if you've ever seen the look he gives the practical joker afterward, you'd be forgiven for not being sure.

    The head touch. It's a quirk that has spread in the Beltre household. Nine-year-old Adrian Jr. announced in 2015 that his skull, too, is off-limits. A.J.'s Little League teammates have taken that as an invitation, and A.J. reacts in a familiar way.

    "Same thing as his dad," says his mother, Sandra. "He tries to beat them up."

    The origin of the ritual is unclear. Beltre just never liked having his head touched, even as a kid. he doesn't remember which teammate he first told about it, but it accidentally guaranteed that he'd spend the rest of his career glancing over his shoulder. (Stephanie Apstein - Sports Illustrated - 3/28/16)

  • Beltre has been a star in the field since the Dodgers signed him illegally from the Dominican Republic at age 15, a year before he was eligible.

    Adrian was famous in the Dodgers' chain for his reaction to a ruptured and infected appendix that almost killed him when he was 21. He went two months without solid food, subsisting on clear soup and orange juice in the spring training clubhouse.

    Bored and cranky, IV port still in his arm, he demanded to be allowed to play, and eventually the trainers decided to let him.

    "He tucked his colostomy bag under his uniform," remembers Don Welke then a Dodgers scout, and took ground balls on the back fields.

    "Soreness is not going to get me off the field," Beltre says.

    And that's an understatement. He has refused to take any significant time off for injuries ranging from a sprained thumb in 2015—in which the tendon was wrenched from the bone so violently that it tore the skin—to perhaps his most famous setback, a ruptured right testicle that swelled to the size of a grapefruit. Adrian paid the price for his lifelong refusal to wear a cup when he took a hard grounder to the crotch during a 2009 game vs. the White Sox.

    Beltre finished the game, singling and scoring the winning run in the 14th inning. In his first at-bat back from the D.L. two weeks later, the Seattle public address system played, "The Nutcracker Suite," as his walk-up music.

    Adrian still doesn't wear a cup. "If the ball is going to hit me every 11 1/2 years, I'll take my chances," he said at the time.

  • It's what Adrian brings to the clubhouse that his teammates can't stop talking about: the suits he buys for rookies; his ability to say what needs to be said (in whatever language it needs to be said) without embarrassing anyone; the example that his sky-high pain threshold sets for teammates. Beltre even buys birthday cakes for everyone.

  • Adrian is not flamboyant. He is good -- really good.  But unlike so many superstars of recent years, he is also understated.

    "I came from the Dominican [Republic] from a neighborhood where I got a shot to be a baseball player," Beltre said. "My goal was to make it to the big leagues and at least be a decent player. I accomplished that.  It has been more than I expected from myself. Yes, I work hard. Yes, I want to be the best I can be. A championship is the only thing I am missing in my career. Everything that comes after that is a bonus. I never thought I was going to get where I am when I was 15 years old.

    "I always just want to be the best I can be," he said. "I wanted to work harder, not to put up numbers or think about the HOF, but because I respect the game. I love the game so much. I don't see this game as a job. I see it as a game I like to play and enjoy playing and you get money for playing."

    When the joy disappears, so will Beltre. He's not going to have to be told when it is time to hang up his spikes.Rangers radio announcer Steve Busby, in his 45th season of being around the big leagues, beginning with a pitching career that saw him win 56 games in his first three full seasons before being sidelined by injuries, is a Beltre believer.

    "Day to day, he is as good as I've seen," said Busby. "I don't think you appreciate him until you see him every day. He is not flashy, but he does stuff nobody else can do. … I don't see an end to his career. He is playing as well this year as I've seen him in a long time. His defense is every bit as good."

    He has won four Gold Glove awards for defensive excellence and four Silver Slugger Awards for his offense, and he is a four-time All-Star.

    "He doesn't do anything the conventional way," said Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele, a smooth-fielding infielder himself during an 11-year big league career. "His style has evolved over time. His hand-eye coordination is remarkable. He is a special player."  (Ringolsby - MLB.com - 8/8/16)

  • It's impossible not to think of Adrian and immediately think of teammates touching his head. "I've never liked people touching my head. I just didn't tell anyone about it until 2007, when Felix Hernandez was messing with my head and I made the mistake of telling him I didn't like it when people rub my head," Beltre said. "And that was all it took."

    You might not know that English is Beltre's second language, and he isn't immune to ribbing from teammates or making fun of himself. He admits that for a long time, when he dined out and the waitress asked if he wanted "soup or salad," he always answered yes, expecting a "super salad."

    Around 2010, former Major Leaguer Richie Sexson invited Beltre and his wife to an event called Life in the Vineyard (food, wine, music) in Napa Valley and they were hooked. Now they go every year in the offseason.

    Late bloomer: Beltre didn't start playing organized baseball until he was 13. Before that he and his cousins used a stick and a tennis ball. (Kruth - MLB.com - 10/3/16)

  • March 2017: Beltre played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

  • Adrian will be 38 on April 7, 2017.  And he does have one major void in a career that should see him easily reach the 58 hits necessary to become the 31st member of the 3,000-hit club -- a World Series championship.

    "That's the thing that keeps me going," said Beltre. "I have had a decent career. I have accomplished a couple of things. I make good money. But I want to be a champion. That is what drives me. We have been close, really close."

    Close like in losing the 2010 World Series in five games to the Giants and then suffering a seven-game loss to the Cardinals in '11 -- losing the final two games that year, including a 10-9, 11-inning loss in Game 6.

    "I haven't come out on top," Beltre said. "My window is closing. I'm pretty sure if we win in 2017, it's going to make it easier for me to decide to go home and enjoy my kids. But for now, it is difficult for me to go home, because I haven't gotten the win that I want."  (Ringolsby - mlb.com - 3/6/17)

  • In almost every instance, seeing a pitcher walk toward home plate and approach the opposing hitter spells trouble -- and usually some dramatic extracurricular activities.  Sometimes, however, this scenario plays out in the manner it did in a July 31, 2017, Mariners-Rangers game, thanks to the amusing and unbreakable (but still competitive) friendship of two of MLB's closest frenemies, Felix Hernandez and Adrian.

    With Beltre basking in the glow of collecting his 3,000th career hit the previous day, King Felix couldn't help but congratulate him before doing battle in the first inning of the Mariners' eventual 6-4 win.  

    And, naturally, Beltre then stepped into the box and singled.  Because that's just what he does. Slaps base hits all the time ... even after sharing a moment with a dear friend.

    "That was definitely on my mind," said Hernandez after the game regarding his gesture. "The first thing that came to my mind was just go to home plate and congratulate him. What he did last night was unbelievable."  (Garro & Johns - mlb.com - 7/31/17)

      TRANSACTIONS

  • 1994: The Dodgers signed Beltre as a free agent, out of the Dominican.

  • March 2000: Adrian signed a three-year, $5.05 million contract with the Dodgers.

  • December 16, 2004: The Mariners signed Beltre to a five-year, $64 million contract. (The Dodgers had offered him just about $65 million over six years. The Tigers reportedly offered $90 million over seven years.)

  • November 5, 2009: Adrian filed for free agency.

  • January 4, 2010: Beltre signed with the Red Sox for one year and $10 million. He gets a base of $9 million plus a $5 million player option for 2011 and a $1 million buyout. And in November 2010, Adrian declined the Red Sox $10 million option, becoming a free agent.

  • January 5, 2010: Adrian and the Rangers agreed to a six-year, $96 million contract.

  • February 23, 2015: The Rangers and Beltre agreed on an extension amendment to his original contract, keeping him in Texas through 2016, for $16 million.

  • April 16, 2016: The Rangers agreed to a two-year contract extension with third baseman Beltre. The deal is worth $18 million annually. The extension keeps Beltre from being a free agent at the end of the 2016 season. 

    Beltre is 37, but the Rangers had little concern about extending him for two more years, through 2018.

    "We have made a lot of decisions over the years, and this is probably one of the easiest ones," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "There has been a lot said about Adrian's accomplishments, his numbers, and his Hall of Fame credentials. But what we were focused on is he is one of the best players in the game—offensively, defensively, leadership, the whole deal. He is the right fit for our roster and the right fit for our organization. We wanted to make sure that's something that continues." (T.R. Sullivan - MLB.com - April 16, 2016)

Batting
  • Adrian was considered to be a five-tool prospect. And he fulfilled that promise.

  • Beltre has plenty of pop in his bat. He rapidly uncoils, his bat exploding through the strike zone, driving the ball to all fields. Adrian is aggressive and yet he shows some patience. He is improving his selectivity. He has an excellent approach to hitting, tremendous bat speed and a good idea of the strike zone.

  • When he turns on balls and hits them out of the yard, it is an awesome sight because he hits them so far. His follow-through is like a young, righthanded Ken Griffey Jr.

  • He clobbers the low and outside fastball, but breaking balls down and away give him some trouble. He will also chase a fastball that is up in the zone.

  • Beltre has studied pitchers and the way they work him. And he has made the necessary adjustments, knowing when to expand his strike zone. Adrian looks at each at-bat as being important. He is a good student, applying what the Dodgers coaching staff teaches him.

  • Beltre's slow start in 2001 (.242 for the first half) was due to his slow recovery from a couple of abdominal surgeries. He was more consistent in the second half, hitting .281.

  • In both 2002 and 2003, former Dodger hitting coachJack Clark tried to teach Beltre better strike zone awareness. Scouts say Adrian must lay off the outside slider to be successful.

  • Back when Beltre was in L.A., Dodgers coach Manny Mota said he could see some similarities between Beltre and one of Mota's teammates in Pittsburgh, Roberto Clemente.

    "They are not the same kind of player, but Clemente didn't realize his potential until he was about 30," said Mota. "He wasn't really productive until then. From Belly, we need production. He could hit .300, but not help us win games. Guys at the corners have got to produce and I think he's capable of it. With experience, maturity and confidence. I think you are seeing now a more clutch hitter who knows how important it is to drive in runners from scoring position."

  • Adrian does a very unusual thing for a hitter to do: Sometimes, when he checks his swing, he will ask the first-base umpire if it was a swing, or not. That causes some head-scratching in the Seattle dugout.

    "I had never seen it, until I saw A.B. do it," Mariners hitting coach Jeff Pentland said. "Why he does it, I don't know."

    Beltre said it's just his way of beating the catcher to the punch, and he figures that if he's proactive, the chances are better that the umps would agree with him.

    "A.B. likes to have a lot of fun," Pentland added. "Sometimes, we take this game too seriously, and we need more levity. That's his way of loosening things up, and I don't have a problem with it. Still, it's very strange to be the one asking the umpire if you went around."

  • During 2004 spring training, new Dodger Hitting Coach Tim Wallach closed Beltre's stance, enabling Adrian to have better plate coverage. But more than that, Wallach instilled a new discipline in the free swinging Beltre.

    Almost daily throughout the 2004 season, Wallach and Beltre talked about the art of hitting. And through that and videotape, Beltre has learned to break down how each pitcher attacks him at the plate. "I have a game plan every time I go up there now," Adrian said. "I really never did before."  (Alan Shipnuck-Sports Illustrated-9/20/04)

  • In August 2004, Beltre passed Pedro Guerrero's single-season all-time Dodger franchise record for home runs in a season by a third baseman. (Guerrero hit 32 in 1983.)

  • In 2004, Adrian led the Major Leagues with 48 homers, while slugging .629. He committed just 10 errors at third base in leading the Dodgers to the postseason.

  • In 2006, Beltre hit only.189 in April with one home run. By May 29, Beltre's average stood at .221 and he had just two home runs.

    His swing looked long. He looked like he was pressing at the plate. But Adrian finished the season real strong and hit .280 in September, including a 16-game hitting streak. He hit 31 points higher in the second half, with 18 of his 25 home runs and 54 of his 89 RBIs coming after the All-Star break.

  • On September 1, 2008, Adrian hit for the cycle. And, he helped make Major League history because the Diamondbacks' Stephen Drew also hit for the cycle, making  just the second time two players have done it on the same day. Bobby Veach of the Detroit Tigers and George Burns of the New York Giants accomplished the feat on Sept. 17, 1920.

    Beltre joined Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner, and John Olerud in hitting for the cycle with Seattle. Olerud was the last to do it, in 2001 at San Diego.

  • On August 24, 2012: Beltre made Major League history by hitting for the cycle for the second time in his career. That game was at the Ballpark in Arlington, making Beltre the first player in Major League history to hit for the cycle both as a visitor and home player in the same facility.

    Interestingly, Adrian missed the cycle by a triple the night before. So, he hit a first-inning triple off Twins starter Samuel Deduno. He followed that up with a double in the second inning and a home run in the fifth off Deduno. That left the single, which he delivered with a line drive to right in the seventh inning.

  • June 24, 2014: Beltre collected the 2,500th hit of his Major League career. He became the 97th player in Major League history to reach 2,500 hits.

  • September 18, 2014: Beltre's single was the 2,591st hit of his career. That is the most hits ever by a native of the Dominican Republic. He passed Vladimir Guerrero. Julio Franco is third with 2,586.

  • May 30, 2015: Beltre hit his 400th career home run.

  • August 3, 2015: Beltre had a perfectly plausible explanation as to why he was able to hit for the cycle for the third time in his career in the Rangers' 12-9 victory over the Astros.  "When you're fast like me, it's not that difficult," Beltre said.

    He was joking. Beltre used to be able to run pretty well, but that was a few years and a few leg injuries ago. He doesn't have the wheels he once had, but he was still able to make Major League history when he hit a home run off Mike Fiersin the fifth inning.

    The home run allowed Beltre to tie a Major League record by hitting for the cycle for the third time. He joins John Reilly, Babe Herman and Bob Meusel as the only four players who have accomplished it. 

    Beltre hit a triple in the first, a double in the second, and a single in the third. By blasting the home run when he did, he became the first player to complete the cycle within the first five innings since Melvin Upton Jr. on Oct. 2, 2009, against the Yankees while with the Rays.

    "Yeah, I knew I had a single, double and a triple, and I'm not going to lie, I was looking for a homer," he said. "I was looking for a pitch up, and he threw me a fastball that I think was in."

    Beltre hit for the cycle on Sept. 1, 2008, against the Rangers while with the Mariners. His second came with the Rangers on Aug. 24, 2012, against the Twins. All three of his cycles have come in Arlington. (Sullivan - mlb.com - 8/3/15)

  • Beltre at-bats are rarely dull, given the little dance he does in the batter's box—in which his wrists check his swing, but his feet can't quite stop—and his tendency to make gigantic cuts at anything within a mile f the plate.

    Adrian once hit a home run on a ball over his head. The pitcher was waiting for him the next day, to say, "What the hell?"  

  • August 24, 2016:  Adrian's 2,900th Major League hit was a game-winner on a night Yu Darvish's first career homer stole the show.

  • July 7, 2017:  Rangers manager Jeff Banister, who was 1-for-1 with a single in his Major League career, had a pretty good perspective on Adrian's reaching 5,000 total bases on Friday night.

    "Yeah, he's got 4,999 more than me," Banister said.

    Actually, he has more than that. Beltre logged a single and a three-run home run in the Rangers' 10-0 win over the Angels, giving him 5,003 career total bases.

    Beltre is the 21st player to go over 5,000 total bases. That's fewer than the 30 players with 3,000 hits and the 27 who have 500 home runs. The all-time total bases leader is Hank Aaron with 6,856. Just ahead of Beltre is Mel Ott, who had 5,041 total bases.

    "I'm surprised I'm able to catch those guys," Beltre said. "I'm glad it happened obviously. It means that I've been playing for a long time. That's it."  (Sullivan - mlb.com)

  • July 8, 2017: The Rangers turned the clock back to 1977 with throwback uniforms for the matchup against the Angels, and Adrian Beltre celebrated by matching or passing two of the biggest superstars of that era. Beltre did so with a two-run home run in the third inning off Angels starter Jesse Chavez. It was his 452nd home run, tying him with Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 38th all-time.

    The home run also gave him 1,598 RBIs in his career. That allowed him to pass George Brett and take sole possession of 32nd all-time, according to Elias' tally. (TR Sullivan - MLB.com - July 9, 2017)

    July 14, 2017: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre continued to pass more Hall of Famers with a three-run home run off Royals pitcher Jason Hammel in the sixth inning of the 5-3 win at Kauffman Stadium. The home run, coming with the Rangers trailing 3-0, was the 453rd of Beltre's career, passing Carl Yastrzemski for 38th all-time. The three RBIs gave Beltre 1,601 for his career to move past Nap Lajoie for 35th all-time, according to MLB.com.

  • July 21, 2017:  Adrian had two hits, giving him 2,985 for his career and tying him with Hall of Famer Sam Rice for 31st all-time. There is nobody between Beltre and Roberto Clemente, whose career came to a premature end with 3,000 hits.

  • July 30, 2017:  Beltre has made history. The Rangers third baseman doubled off Orioles left-handed starter Wade Miley in the fourth inning on Sunday to collect his 3,000th career hit, becoming the first Dominican-born player in Major League history -- and the 31st player overall -- to achieve the feat.

    Beltre also became just the third player to reach 3,000 hits as primarily a third baseman, joining Hall of Famers George Brett and Wade Boggs. 

  • Entering the 2017 season, Adrian had a career batting average of .286 with 445 home runs and 1,571 RBI in 10,295 at-bats.

Fielding
  • Adrian has quickness, soft hands, and an extremely strong arm. Everything about his defense is exceptional, including his range and instincts. He just might be the best third baseman in the game.
  • He is aggressive defensively, not being afraid to get in front of the ball.
  • In Beltre's first full season, throwing accuracy was a problem as he committed 29 errors. He worked extremely hard on the proper footwork and corrected his throwing. But during the first half of the 2002 season, he had trouble catching the ball, sometimes backing up on bouncers.
  • You can see in his eyes that he's very confident. His range to his left is excellent, and his range to his right is pretty good also.
  • Beltre does things on defense that make you say, "I can't believe he made that play." He can leave you awestruck. Conistency with his throwing improved remarkably after his first couple of years in the majors. His throws improved when he understood the importance of making sure his body (facing the target) and his feet (set, rather than his hips flying open) were in correct position before he threw the ball.
  • He is one of the most athletic third basemen in the game. More patience in the field would reduce his error total.
  • Nobody can make the play on the swinging bunt like Beltre.
  • In 2004, Beltre did a tremendous job with the glove. He committed a career low 10 errors in 452 chances with the Dodgers

    He led N.L. third basemen with an .838 zone rating, a calculation by STATS, Inc., that measures the percentage of balls fielded by a player in his typical defensive "zone."

    GOLD GLOVER

  • In 2005, Beltre made 14 errors in 425 total chances for a fielding percentage of .967. This was a hair better than the .966 percentage by the Gold Glove winner at the position, Oakland's Eric Chavez.
  • In 2006, Adrian again out-fielded Chavez. But the A's third baseman again got the Gold Glove.
  • Finally, in 2007, Beltre won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

  • And in 2008, he was awarded his second straight Gold Glove.

  • He had to wait three years to get his third Gold Glove in 2011.

  • And he won number four in 2012.

  • November 2016: Rangers third baseman Beltre, won his fifth Gold Glove award.
  • Beltre plays the game on offense and on defense with a viciousness—from the way he charges dribblers to the swipe he takes at any hand that comes with a foot of his head—a barely controlled ferocity to each element of his game.

    Adrian doesn't make it look easy; he makes it look dangerous. He wears out the dirt around third base. His arm, his positioning, his reads of the ball off the bat, his ability to reach anything hit to his side of the infield. They all combine with his tremendous range to make him the best third baseman of his generation.

    His bread and butter is the slow roller, which he charges, bare hands, and fires off-balance to first base like no one else in baseball. That's the only move he refuses to practice, because he doesn't want to get caught overthinking it.

  • As of the start of the 2016 season, Beltre was fifth in history with 209 fielding runs saved, behind Brooks Robinson, Mark Belanger, Ozzie Smith, and Andruw Jones.

    Nothing Beltre does is textbook. Little League coaches teach their infielders to catch and throw the ball on the run, as part of one fluid motion; Adrian's arm is so strong that the only way he can control the his throw is if he comes to a stop, plants his feet, and uncorks. (Stephanie Apstein - Sports Illustrated - 3/28/16)

Running
  • Beltre runs the bases intelligently, rarely running into an out. 
Career Injury Report
  • 1999 spring training: Beltre suffered a minor setback when his finger got stuck in a car door. He didn't break any bones, but it did require stitches. 

  • May 2000: Adrian went on the D.L. with a strained right hamstring. He injured it while running out a ground ball. He was reactivated June 17.

  • January 2001: He underwent an emergency appendectomy in the Dominican Republic. He spent three weeks in the hospital while doctors tried to identify and treat the infection which he contracted. The Dodgers then flew him to Los Angeles to have their medical people treat him. He got an infection and lost 24 pounds. He was on a liquid diet for over a month.

    He finally had to have surgery to close an open wound in his abdomen, March 12, 2001, so he started the season on the D.L. He played the infield with a colostomy bag tucked into his uniform. It turned out that he had a hole in his colon, keeping him on the D.L. He was finally activated May 12.

  • March 7, 2007: Beltre was diagnosed with bursitis in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Several days of rest was prescribed.

  • June 1, 2007: Adrian injured his thumb in the eighth inning of a game, when diving for a line drive down the third-base line. His glove appeared to roll under his wrist before he landed on it.

  • September 18, 2008: Beltre underwent left thumb and left shoulder surgery. Dr. Carlton Keck performed the thumb operation to repair a torn ligament, while Dr. Edward Khalfayan did the shoulder procedure to repair an inflamed bursa and remove spurring. The thumb operation was the more serious, requiring five months of rehabilitation. Beltre wanted to finish the season but reluctantly decided against it.

  • June 28-August 4, 2009: Beltre went on the D.L. because pain in his shoulder became too severe for him to continue. He required shoulder surgery June 30, 2009, to have bone spurs removed. He was expected to miss six weeks to two months.

  • August 13-September 1, 2009: Adrian was on the D.L. with a severely contused right testicle. A groundball took a bad hop, hitting Beltre in the groin area. He doesn't wear a protective cup. There was some tearing of the testicle and some internal bleeding in there.

    "It hurt pretty bad,'' he said. "It was hurting me pretty much the whole game after that.''

    Told that some were suggesting he was brave for staying in the game, he quipped: "I don't know about brave. Maybe stupid.''

    He did not have to have surgery. When he returned to play on September 1, he was wearing a cup. And when Beltre came up for his first at-bat, the theme for Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" was played, a gesture from Ken Griffey Jr., whose MRI on his knee showed no structural damage.

  • February 21, 2011: Beltre was sidelined for a few weeks starting at the beginning of spring training with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf muscle. He tweaked it on the treadmill at home just before reporting. He could do most all activities except run. The Grade 1 is considered the least severe strain, with no tear or bleeding. But he was out about a month.

  • July 22-September 1, 2011: Adrian was on the D.L. with a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring.  On August 5, 2011, Beltre re-aggravated that left hamstring, setting him back three more weeks. He was going through normal baserunning drills at full speed, practicing making hard turns around first and then exploding to second, but on one attempt he appeared to come up lame on his left hamstring.

  • April 21, 2012: Beltre slightly strained his left hamstring during a game, hoping only to miss a couple of games. He pulled it while running into second base on a double.

    May 2, 2012: Adrian missed five more games because of the inflammed left hamstring—still hoping to avoid the D.L.

  • September 2012: Beltre played through stomach discomfort. It was believed to be the result of a buildup of scar tissue from an appendix surgery 12 years before, in 2001, and it may require surgery after the season. The Rangers third baseman's availability the rest of the 2012 season should not be in jeopardy, but will depend on Beltre's pain tolerance.

    And Adrian did not undergo surgery after the season because the pain went away after the season. The abdominal pain is believed to be caused by scar tissue left from surgery in 2001 to repair a hernia.

    "Each time you have the surgery, you run the risk of creating more scar tissue," Rangers assistant G.M. Thad Levine said.

  • April 9-24, 2014: Beltre had a Grade 1 left quadriceps strain, and went on the D.L. But Adrian disagreed with the club's decision to put him on the D.L.

    "You want my honest opinion?" Beltre said, as a gaggle of media nodded yes. "I did not agree with the decision. It was out of my hands. Obviously the medical staff and the front office thought it was best. I have no say over that. I was ready to play tomorrow."

  • May 30-June 23, 2015: Adrian suffered a sprained thumb while sliding into second base in a game vs. the Red Sox. It was diagnosed as a sprain. Beltre was fit for a splint, and also needed four stitches for a cut he sustained on the play.

  • October 2015: Beltre had surgery on his left thumb in Los Angeles. The prognosis is a full recovery by Spring Training. 

  • February 17, 2017: During spring training, Beltre was ruled out for the start of the World Baseball Classic because of a strained right calf muscle, the club announced. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain.

  • March 30-May 29, 2017: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is going on the disabled list with a tight right calf muscle and will miss Opening Day for the first time since 2001.

    Beltre continued to test the leg on, but he also missed time early in camp with a tight left hamstring muscle and by not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

  • Sept 1-12, 2017: Adrian was on the DL with strained left hamstring.