Adrian Beltre Becomes 31st Player to Join 3,000-Hit Club

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
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The 3,000-hit club is pretty exclusive. And before Sunday, there were only thirty players that could claim to have recorded three thousand hits. But then the game between the Rangers and the Orioles saw Adrian Beltre join the club, making everyone looking to bet on MLB playoffs that much more excited.

Adrian Beltre’s achievement was met with all the pomp and circumstance he deserved. It is unlikely that anyone gave much thought to the team’s 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, not when there was so much joy to be had on the part of the Dominican Republic athlete.

Orioles Manager Buck Showalter admitted that his side was drawn into the celebration, not only elated in their win but also appreciating the opportunity granted them to watch an athlete as well respected as Adrian Beltre achieve such an impressive milestone.

Adrian’s 3,000th hit was met by the unfurling of a banner commemorating his record. His teammates had watched from the dugout with baited breath, crowding the rail because they couldn’t wait to witness Adrian take his place in the annals of history.

And once the deed was done, Adrian’s friends and colleagues rushed to congratulate him, this including his son, two daughters, and parents. The emotional impact of his achievement was not lost on the athlete who not only appreciated sharing the moment with his father but also bringing glory to his home as the first Dominican Republic Athlete to record such a feat.

Of the thirty athletes that constitute the 3,000-hit club, George Brett and Wade Boggs were always special because they were the only two third basemen in the club. With Adrian joining their ranks, the 3,000-hit club now boasts three basemen which only heaps, even more, glory on Adrian.

With the joy that was rife in the stadium, one wouldn’t know that the Rangers had just suffered a stinging defeat. But not even the loss could dampen the mood at the game. After twenty big league seasons, Adrian Beltre is all but guaranteed to enter the Hall of Fame.

According to Rangers Manager Jeff Banister, it would take extraordinary circumstances for Adrian to lose his Hall of Fame candidature. Adrian has garnered so much respect from so many people during his successful career, not only from the players but the coaches he has worked under.

Jeff Bagwell congratulated him for nurturing such an amazing baseball career and becoming one of the best third basemen to ever play the game. Former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez also sent a pre-recorded message in which he congratulated Adrian for his astounding achievement.

Adrian still has a long way to go and he could still proceed to break many more records in baseball, especially if he continues to deliver the same level of consistency.

Adrian’s subsequent interviews manifested his surprise over entering the 3,000-hit club. When he first started playing baseball professionally, Adrian never imagined he would come so far. 3,000 hits were nothing more than a pipe dream. He didn’t even think he would survive for twenty years in baseball.

According to Adrian, his secret for the success he has garnered so far is taking each day as it comes and doing one’s best when the need arises.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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