AP Sports activities Author
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Adrian Beltre doubled for his three,000th profession hit Sunday to grow to be the thirty first participant – and first from the Dominican Republic – to succeed in that milestone within the main leagues.
The 38-yr-previous Texas Rangers star is in his twentieth massive league season. He’s solely the third participant who’s primarily a 3rd baseman within the three,000-hit membership, becoming a member of Corridor of Famers George Brett and Wade Boggs.
Beltre grounded a three-zero pitch ball onerous down the road – appropriately previous third base – and the ball ricocheted off the aspect wall and into left area. The double got here off Baltimore Orioles lefty Wade Miley, who received Beltre out on a swinging strikeout within the second.
A banner was unfurled excessive above straightaway middle area congratulating Beltre on his three,000th profession hit. His household was seated within the entrance row close to the dugout, and his three youngsters – two daughters and his son Adrian Jr. – went to proper-middle area to tug off the tarp that coated a emblem commemorating the accomplishment that was on the wall in entrance of the Rangers bullpen.
On a day with temperatures within the 90s, the solar-soaked crowd stood in anticipation and began cheering when Beltre was launched in his 2,771st profession recreation. All of his teammates crowded on the rail of their first-base dugout to be as shut as attainable, and have been on the sector to have fun with him after the hit.
Even Orioles gamers, together with Miley, applauded the accomplishment.
The milestone got here solely minutes after former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez completed his induction speech on the Baseball Corridor of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Barring uncommon circumstances, getting three,000 hits has historically been a ticket to the Corridor.
“It is a type of days that as a Ranger, you will endlessly keep in mind that that is, on the calendar yr, Ranger Day,” supervisor Jeff Banister stated earlier than the sport, referring to Beltre because the “subsequent Corridor of Famer.”
After the fourth inning, a pre-recorded message from Rodriguez in Cooperstown congratulating Beltre for three,000 hits was performed on the stadium video boards.
The one different present lively participant within the three,000-hit membership is Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who’s tied with Corridor of Fame participant Craig Biggio for twenty second all-time at three,060 hits.
Beltre is now tied…