Jun 24, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) hits an RBI single in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Will Adrian Beltre join the 3,000 hit club?


Tuesday night in Texas, Adrian Beltre got his 2,500th career hit. Leading off in the bottom of the second inning Beltre hit a single up the middle off of Detroit Tigers’ starter Drew Smyly instantly he joining a club of very elite players. It was also a great moment for the Rangers and their fans in what has been a disappointing season filled with injuries.

Beltre, however, has played better than ever this year and has showed no signs of slowing down. He went a perfect 4-4 on Tuesday night as the Rangers lost to the Tigers. Now nearing the mid-way point of the 2014 season he is batting .309/.353/.479 with eight home runs and 35 RBI.

Beltre is just the 97th player in MLB history to reach the 2,500 hits milestone. Other famous third baseman to reach the 2,500 mark are George Brett (3,154), Wade Boggs (3,010), Brooks Robinson (2,848), Chipper Jones (2,726) and Buddy Bell (2,514). Of those five players three of them, Brett, Boggs and Robinson are already in the Hall of Fame. Chipper Jones is not yet eligible to be voted in.

So it appears that Beltre is well on his way to Hall of Famer status. Really only one question remains that would guarantee him a spot in the HOF. Will he join the best of the best in the famed 3,000 hit club?

The math says yes. Beltre is 35 years old and has played in the league for 17 seasons. He was called up to the majors at just 19 by the Los Angeles Dodgers where he played for seven seasons collecting 949 hits. He spent the next six seasons with the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox collecting another 940 hits. Now in his fourth season with the Texas Rangers, Beltre has hit the number 2,503.

Beltre has averaged 173 hits per season over 17 seasons. Assuming he plays until at least the age of 38, barring injury or decline due to age, he can easily reach 3,000 hits and a full 20-year career at only 38 years old. That is pretty impressive and would almost guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame.

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  • Daniel Solzman

    It’s going to be close. But as they were saying during, I think it was Sunday Night Baseball, he’s one of the best third baseman of all time and he’s a lock for Hall of Fame induction and no longer looking in from the outside.

    • http://bbstmlb.com Jen Rainwater

      Thanks for reading and I agree it pretty much is a lock. I think he will easily reach 3,000 hits and probably has at least five years left in him, the way he is playing right now. I would undoubtedly call him one of the best third baseman of all time! Just take a look at that company – George Brett, Wade Boggs etc. Thanks for your comment! :-)

  • Ivan

    I wouldn’t say he is playing better than ever. But he is still getting it done and has been one of the game’s best 3B for well over a decade. Also, he played several years in the worst hitters park in SEA so his numbers could be even better across the board and make his HOF case even stronger.

    • http://bbstmlb.com Jen Rainwater

      You’re right. Maybe not better than ever but at 35 years old, hitting over .300 and with 77 hits already, which is well on pace to reach his career season average of 173 hits a year, I’d say that’s pretty incredible! :) And thank you I should have mentioned the fact about Seattle’s pitcher friendly park, that is certainly a very relevant piece of information I should have included! I appreciate you reading this piece and putting in your two cents!

  • daveminnj

    also, great as brett (none greater) and jones (few greater) were they played a great many games at dh, 1b or outfield, which lengthened their careers and added to their hit totals.