By JERRY TAPP
Adrian Beltre became the 31st player to join the 3,000-hit club yesterday. Here’s a look at 10 stats you may not know about Beltre’s career.
- Beltre connected for an RBI-double on the first pitch he saw in the majors, June 24, 1998, as a member of the L.A. Dodgers. He got his first hit off Chuck Finley of the Angels.
- He has 1,111 career hits with the Rangers, 949 with the Dodgers, 751 with Seattle, and 189 with the Red Sox.
- Although he has 3,000 career hits, Beltre has only one season with 200 hits. That happened in 2004 when he had exactly 200 hits that season.
- Beltre has finished in the top 10 in league MVP balloting six times. His best finish was second when he played for the Dodgers in ’04.
- Beltre has won five Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger awards.
- He has at least one stolen base in each of his 20 seasons in the majors. He is only one of 24 players in MLB history to have a stolen base in 20 or more seasons.
- Beltre hit a pair of home runs in the World Series for the Rangers in 2011.
- Beltre has hit 454 home runs. He has hit 227 HRs at home and 227 on the road.
- Prior to the All-Star break, Beltre’s career batting average is .278. In games after the All-Star Game, Beltre has a career batting average of .295. In games his team has won. Beltre is hitting .319; in games his teams have lost, his career batting average is .249.
- He has a career batting average of .350 or above against three teams: the Marlins (.376), the Pirates (.362) and the Nationals (.350). His favorite park appears to be Coors Field in Colorado… he is 102-for-255, a .400 career batting average there.