Texas Rangers’ third baseman Adrian Beltre added another accomplishment to his fine career on Tuesday night.
Batting in the second inning of the Rangers’ game against the Detroit Tigers, Beltre blasted a singled up the middle to notch the 2,500th hit of his career. In what has otherwise been a bummer of a season for the Rangers, this highlight stood out as a rare enjoyable moment.
As for Beltre, he continues to quietly pad his accomplishments in what may very well be shaping up as a Hall of Fame career. He is a career .283/.334/.478 hitter who has shown no signs of slowing down this season. Through 61 games in 2014 he is batting .309/.353/.479 with eight home runs and 35 RBI.
Beltre is 35 years old and he still plays great defense at third base. If he can keep up this clip for a few more seasons, he will at least make voters stare at his name on a Hall of Fame ballot each year, even if they are not so inclined to actually vote for him.
One final, important update. After Beltre had taken a moment to enjoy his moment and tip his helmet to the home crowd, he was greeted by Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera. In deference to the moment, presumably, Cabrera did not attempt to touch Beltre’s head.
You can check out video of the milestone moment below: