Adrián Beltré

Adrián Beltré Pérez (born April 7, 1979) is a Dominican professional baseball third baseman for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball . He is known for his prodigious defensive and offensive capabilities, being selected four times each for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger Award, and MLB All-Star Game. He bats and throws right-handed. His signature home run swing includes a drop to one knee when connecting with a breaking ball. He is also known for his dislike of anyone touching the top of his head (which teammates have done frequently, among them Rangers teammate Elvis Andrus, much to Beltre’s disdain). The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Beltré as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic in 1994. The youngest player in the National League when he made his MLB debut for the Dodgers in 1998, Beltré has also played for the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox. In 2004, he led MLB in HR, in doubles in 2010, and in hits in 2013. He is 25th all-time in defensive Wins Above Replacement, first among active players, and ninth all-time among third basemen in total zone runs (114).

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