As one of the game’s all-time greatest third basemen, Adrian Beltre is likely to be inducted in Cooperstown one day. The 36-year-old Beltre owns a career batting average of .285, four Gold Glove awards, and a career WAR of 83.3. Beltre’s career did not begin in the way that many Hall of Fame careers do, as he struggled early on as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It was not until 2004 that Beltre really established himself, having a monster season. That season Beltre batted .334 with 48 home runs and 121 RBIs, finishing second in the NL MVP voting. This proved to be a turning point for Beltre. Despite having some mixed results during his time in Seattle, where he signed in 2004 following his momentous campaign. After a one-year stop in Boston, Beltre signed a six-year, $96 million deal with the Texas Rangers, and from that point on he has performed at a Hall of Fame level.
It is unusual for a Hall of Fame caliber player to never truly establish himself fully until his thirties, but Beltre has managed to do just that. His resume has been greatly bolstered during his tenure in Texas, where he has batted .311 with 163 home runs in five seasons. Whether or not Adrian Beltre continues to play at such a high level remains to be seen, but either way he stands a good chance to join other great third basemen like George Brett, Mike Schmidt, and Brooks Robinson in Cooperstown.
Home Runs- 413
On-Base Pct.- .337
Slugging Pct.- .477