Adrián Beltré, third baseman for the Texas Rangers and previously of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, and Boston Red Sox announced his retirement from the game of baseball earlier today. Beltré tallied over 3000 hits in his 21-season career appearing in four All-Star Games, winning five Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers; while Beltré only ever appeared in one World Series he made the most of it hitting .300 with two home runs during the Rangers seven-game loss to the St Louis Cardinals in 2011.
With the retirement announcement, the debate on his Hall of Fame potential began immediately with most taking the side that he’s a sure bet to get in when he first appears on the ballot for the Class of 2024.
Here, a look at the regular game cap logos, home and road jersey logos that Beltré wore during his 21 seasons:
If you prefer photos, here’s a sampling of Beltré’s baseball cards (all from the Topps Heritage sets because those retro card designs are just fantastic), these are displayed in order with the first one from 2001 and the last from 2018:
The only question I usually care about with the Hall of Fame is what cap an inductee would wear, and since Beltré never played for the Montreal Expos it’s safe to assume he’ll simply go in with the team he played the most with and did the best with, in this case, that would be the Texas Rangers. Beltre played 8 seasons and nearly 1100 games with the Rangers from 2011-2018, with 1277 hits and 199 home runs, he made his only World Series appearance with the team and won most of his career awards there. Los Angeles would be the only team to give the Rangers any competition, 7 seasons, 966 games played, and nearly 1000 hits from 1998-2004.