The numbers keep piling up for Adrian Beltre. A significant one was reached Tuesday, when the Texas Rangers’ third baseman singled in the first inning for the 2,500th hit of his career. Only five others since 1900 to play third base as their primary position have reached that plateau, and 3,000 doesn’t sound like an unreasonable target. Beltre is 16 homers shy of 400. The 500-homer mark doesn’t seem all that far away. But the only number that matters to Beltre at this stage of his career is one. He’ll gladly take just one World Series title before his body tells him that it has no more baseball left in it. That moment is coming sooner than later, and Beltre knows it. He is only 35, but his legs, at times, are 65. He’s in his 17th big-league season. Beltre still believes, though next to no one really believes him, that the Rangers aren’t out of the hunt this season. He also believes that the 2015 Rangers, healthy and retooled, will be the kind of contender many thought they would be this season. But teams that realistically can win this season are calling general manager Jon Daniels about the availability of the Rangers’ best players. So a discussion Wednesday afternoon with Beltre turned into a game of what-if. It was more entertaining than what happened on the field a few hours later as the Rangers lost their seventh straight game. (No, Ian Kinsler was not plunked.) “It’s definitely hard to comprehend a seven-game losing streak,” manager Ron Washington said. “We know why. We just have to score more runs and pitch better.” Now, back to Beltre. What if the Rangers asked him to waive his limited no-trade clause and accept a trade to a team with a legitimate shot at the World Series? Beltre insisted that’s not something he is thinking about or wants to have happen, but he provided an answer nonetheless.
Rangers must hang on to Adrian Beltre
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jun 27