Looking at Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre now, you wouldn’t think that his career started before the year 2000. He is only thirty four years old this year but yet is beginning his sixteenth season at the major league level. In spite of having played for so long, Beltre remains one of the best players in all of baseball at third base and that includes last season’s AL MVP, Miguel Cabrera.
Di I mentioned that Beltre is just getting better with each passing year? Take a look at his fifteenth season, last year with the Rangers. He basically had a career year. Homers and RBI were both as impressive as they ever have been if not more. After the age of thirty Beltre has been elected to three straight All-star games and twice has won the gold glove award. In an era where some power hitting sluggers don’t quite reach 100 RBI every season, Beltre has reached over 100 each of the past three seasons.
Basically if you add in his stellar defensive performance to his great offensive production, third basemen don’t get any better than Beltre. I think his string of great seasons will continue. He might even come closer to the top of the Most Valuable Player voting than his third place performance last season. The Rangers are supposed to have a big hole in their line-up because they lost Josh Hamilton. The thing is, they don’t have a huge vacant spot in the order and they are not going to. Beltre is a main reason why.