Texas Ranger Adrian Beltre has announced his retirement after 21 seasons.
“After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” he wrote. “I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it’s time to call it a career.”
“A huge THANK YOU goes to the numerous teammates, managers, coaches, and staff members from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and especially the Texas Rangers. These past eight seasons playing in a Rangers’ uniform have been the best of my career and were made possible thanks to Rangers’ owners Ray Davis, Bob Simpson, and Neil Leibman, general manager Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan, and the late Don Welke.”
“To all my fans in the Dominican Republic, the United States and Latin American, my sincerest THANK YOU for your continuous support throughout my career. While I will forever cherish the memories from my time playing the greatest game on earth, I am excited to become a full time husband and father, and I am ready to take on the next chapter of my life.”
Dominican Beltre was one of the greatest third basemen in MLB history, earning more than $200 million and winning five Gold Gloves. He was also the 31st player in major-league history to record 3,000 hits.
The four-time All-Star appeared in 2,933 games during his career that included 3,166 hits, 477 home runs, and 1,707 RBIs.
Adrian Beltre is one of the most respected players in the game. His departure will be a major loss for baseball.