Adrian Beltre announced his retirement from MLB on Tuesday after 21 seasons.
Beltre made sure to thank Tommy Lasorda in his statement for ‘believing’ in him.
Despite not being a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2004, Beltre remains a fan favorite and many remember his 2004 season as one of the best they’ve ever seen by someone in a Dodgers uniform. That year he finished second in MVP voting after putting up a .334/.388/.629 slash with 32 doubles, a league-leading 48 home runs, 121 RBI and a 9.6 WAR.
The four-time All-Star played seven seasons with the Dodgers after making his debut in 1998. He then moved on to the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and finally the Texas Rangers. Beltre finished his career with 3,166 hits, 636 doubles, 477 home runs, 1707 RBI and an .819 OPS.
He’s likely to be inducted into the Hall of Fame when he’s eligible in five years but he will do so in a Rangers hat.