By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré has announced his retirement on Tuesday morning. He spent 21-seasons in Major League Baseball.
“After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” Beltre said. “I have thought about a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it’s time to call it a career. I have enjoyed the privilege of playing professional baseball since I was 15-years-old. I have been blessed to have played 21 seasons at the highest level in Major League Baseball.
“I want to thank God, my amazing wife Sandra for your unwavering and unconditional love, support, and understanding throughout my entire baseball career, my three awesome children, Cassie, A.J., and Camila for being the best baseball kids, my parents, and my entire family for all your love and support. I also want to thank my agents, Scott Boras, Mike Fiore, and the entire Boras Corp. for always believing in my talent. A huge Thank You goes to the numerous teammates, managers, coaches, and staff members from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and, especially, the Texas Rangers. These past eight seasons playing in a Rangers’ uniform have been the best of my career and were made possible thanks to Rangers’ owners Ray Day, Bob Simpson, and Neil Leibman, General Manager Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan, and the late Don Welke.”
The 39-year-old Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native had a .286 batting average with 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 games. Beltre is 30th on the all-time home run list with his 477 long balls.
In his final campaign with the Rangers, he had a .273 batting average with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs in 119 games.
“I also owe a huge part of my success in Texas to the amazing Rangers’ fans. You guys are the best!,” Beltre added.
He also thanked Dodgers great Tommy Lasorda. He also thanks his fans all over the world.
“I also have to acknowledge and thank Tommy Lasorda for believing in this young kid from the Dominican Republic when others thought I was too young to be called up to the Big Leagues,” he said. “To all my fans in the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Latin America, my sincerest Thank you for your continuous support throughout my career. While I will forever cherish the memories from my time playing the greatest game on earth, I am excited to become a full-time husband and father, and I am ready to take on the next chapter of my life.”
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