Who Is the Face of Each American League Franchise?

Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre, 3B

Beltre has had one of the most interesting careers in the league since debuting at the age of 19 for the Los Angeles Dodgers all the way back in 1998. At the time, he was supposed to be the next big thing at third base, hitting for power, stealing bases, and playing spectacular defense. He never quite lived up to his billing, right up until his walk year, 2004. Beltre crushed 48 home runs that year and batted .334, earning a massive contract with the Mariners.

It would be unfair to classify Beltre’s time with the Mariners as a total bust, but he never came close to matching his 2004 numbers. Safeco Field got to Beltre, and he became a bit of a malcontent by the end of his career in the Pacific Northwest. It took only one year with the Boston Red Sox for Beltre to reestablish himself as one of the game’s best third basemen.

From Boston, it was off to Texas, where Beltre finally came into his own as a veteran leader. His antics with Elvis Andrus are wildly entertaining, and as the Rangers introduce another crop of young stars, Beltre will help guide them. By the time Beltre’s career comes to an end, he will likely have collected 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Eventually, he will go into the Hall of Fame — as a member of the Texas Rangers.

Honorable Mention:  Elvis Andrus

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