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Taking Adrian Beltre for Granted

August 18, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Adrián Beltré just keeps raking for the Texas Rangers.
Adrian Beltre is leaving a legacy worth admiring. (en.wikipedia.org)

Year in and year out, Adrian Beltre does his thing. He hits for average; he hits for power; he fields brilliantly; and he wills his team to success more often than not.

Beltre is among the quieter superstars in the game, never really getting the attention befitting someone that has accomplished as much as he has in his career. But when you look at the all-time leaderboards, you’ll find that he’s crept up on some all-time greats.

Unfortunately, we seem to be taking what he’s doing for granted, relative to other star players. Let’s have a look at Belte’s numbers and see if we can’t open some eyes about what kind of career he’s enjoying.

He currently ranks 33rd all-time in games played, and assuming he’s in the lineup Friday night when Texas begins a series in Tampa Bay, he’ll tie Paul Molitor for 32nd place. Next week, Beltre should pass Darrell Evans and then set his sights on 2,700 games — a mark reached by just 30 men in the history of the game.

With 10,154 career at-bats, Beltre is already 24th all-time. He’s currently 41 behind Tris Speaker.

Beltre’s next run will be No. 1,400 of his career, and the following one will tie him with Todd Helton for 93rd all-time.

Beltre is currently 39th on the all-time hit list, within 107 of the covered 3,000 hit club, of which there are 30 members. He’s 34 hits behind Al Simmons and just 37 back of Rogers Hornsby and Jake Beckley.

Beltre has 581 doubles, good for 21st all-time. Just two more two-baggers and he’ll tie Robin Yount. Only 15 players have ever recorded 600 career doubles — a mark Beltre should reach early next season.

He is currently 47th on the all-time home run list, just two back of tying Andruw Jones and Juan Gonzalez. With less than 70 to go, 500 dingers is a very legitimate goal given how Beltre has not really slowed down that much in recent years (in fact, he’s enjoying a better season this year than he did in 2015).

He’s amassed 1,544 RBI, good for 45th all-time and just six back of matching Fred McGriff. That should happen very soon considering Beltre has already driven in 12 runs in 16 games this month. As we suggested, he’s not really slowing down.

This 37-year-old Dominican signed a two-year extension earlier this season that will keep him in Texas through the 2018 season. So barring a major injury, Beltre has plenty of more leaderboard climbing to do over the next two years and change.

Hell, he’s been around so long, that Beltre is even adept at avoiding a Gatorade bath (see video below).

We are witnessing the career of a transcendental player here, folks. It’s time to take a step back and really appreciate what Beltre has managed to do — and what he continues to do — over the past 19 years.

Prince Fielder and (likely) Alex Rodriguez are now done playing. David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira and others will soon be joining them.

But Beltre just keeps going and going. There’s nothing flashy about him, but it’s hard not to get a bit star-struck when you see the names he’s routinely passing on the all-time lists.

Enjoy it while you can!

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what your favourite Beltre memory is.

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Babe Ruth World Series 2016 Update

August 17, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Furey, who usually catches, will graduate from high school in 2020. He’s already 5′11, 180, so bears watching as a keeper league prospect. We recommend keeping tabs on him as he moves into high school.
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Philadelphia Phillies No-Hitters

August 16, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
Ferguson was a two-way player who spent four years in majors, all with Philadelphia. He made 170 career starts and completed 165 of them, underscoring how different the game was back then. As a second baseman/outfielder, the switch-hitter recorded a 735 OPS while scoring 191 runs in 257 games. Ferguson led the NL in WAR in 1886, but his promising career was cut short when he died of typhoid fever before the 1888 season.
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Cole Hamels’ House of Cards

August 15, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This year, the southpaw’s WHIP is actually at a career high, but he’s also benefited from his highest strand rate ever to enjoy a superb ERA and another great won-loss mark. Is it smoke and mirrors? Well, we know Hamels can pitch, but the fact that his FIP and xFIP are both the highest they’ve ever been is more than a tad worrisome.
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The Wire Troll: Kelly Johnson Earning More PT

August 14, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
We’ll always have Game Six of the 2011 World Series, right? Freese has never really lived up to the promise he showed early in his career with the Cards, but this season marks the closest he’s come. He’s batting .412 over the past week, enjoying what could be his finest month of the season (938 OPS). Overall, Freese is hitting much better this season, flashing his finest extra-base sock since 2012 in what’s shaping up as a pretty productive campaign. He would not look out of place in the corner infielder slot of a deep mixed league.
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