Ladies and gentleman, I give you your MVP runnerup: Adrian Beltre

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too bad about Barry (who will win every year til he's through probably)

here's his current line

445AB
81runs
147hits
24 2b
38 HR
87 RBI
35 BB
65 K
.330
.377
.640
1.018

Gear! (Gear!), Saturday, 21 August 2004 05:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

there's also that scott rolen character. and edmonds and possibly pujols.

John (jdahlem), Saturday, 21 August 2004 05:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah but you know how vote-splittin' and the ol "he had all those other guys around him etc" stuff works.

At this point Beltre would definitely finish no lower than fourth, Edmonds would be left behind. And if he keeps up his pace (50 HR is not a stretch, eek) he'd pass Rolen at least.

Doesn't matter, Bonds still takes it.

Gear! (Gear!), Saturday, 21 August 2004 07:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And that stuff he pulled tonight MVP voters love.

Gear! (Gear!), Saturday, 21 August 2004 07:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

50 HR is amazing in that stadium (i think?).

i'm afraid you're right that edmonds would be left behind, but he shouldn't be. he's one of the best defensive centerfielders in baseball, plus he's got a style that's, shall we say, conducive to the highlight reels (though this may hurt as much as help, if not more), and to my eye he's trumping beltre offensively with a line of .303/.420/.633. but you're right, i think his whole persona/perception/general style is going to give him serious problems.

i'll check out the eqa/vorp/etc's of these guys in a sec.

John (jdahlem), Saturday, 21 August 2004 17:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eqa (rate overall offensive value)

rolen .337
belte .329
edmonds .340

vorp (offense+defensive position w/ playing time considered)

rolen 67.8
beltre 63.4
edmonds 62.9


zone ratings/defense

rolen .823 (2nd in NL)
beltre .836 (1st in NL)

edmonds .874 (5th in NL)

pujols .906 (1st in NL)


beltre's defense has been a lot better than i'd figured, judging solely by zone rating. but i've little doubt that rolen is actually superior and that the mvp voters will think so as well. plus, rolen is rolen and beltre has a reputation as a malcontent. no one is going to forget that this is his free agent year.


i'd say edmonds is probably out of it because of his reputation and because of pujols (who, if the season ended today, would not beat out rolen). the "all the other guys around him" thing might hurt rolen were it not for his league leading (or vv close to it) rbi total. i guess i'd (if it were voted on today blah blah) see beltre finishing 3rd behind bonds and rolen, though i'm not clear on the other candidates right now.

John (jdahlem), Saturday, 21 August 2004 17:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dodgers were down 7-2 against the lowly expos, and what do you know adrian beltre (3-5 on the day) goes long against expo closer chad cordero in the top of the 9th to tie the game at 7 apiece.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 00:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

For your consideration as MVP runnerup ... Mark Loretta.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 13:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Did you guys read Gagne's whine about how the "East Coast" won't get that Beltre's the true MVP? What a jackass.

bnw (bnw), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 15:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was soooo hoping that the dodgers would put in Gagne (on 3 days rest, aw poor baby) last night after Carrara walked the bases loaded (only to walk home the winning run to end the game).

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 16:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, like "the East Coast" doesn't know who the greatest player of our era is. And yet a NY Times columnist wrote Sunday his choice was Beltre!

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 16:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

For Gagne in hopes you google:

Adrian Beltre:
AB 456
BA .333
OBP .380
SLG .458
OPS 1.023
Runs 84
Hits 152
RBIs 90
HRs 39
Ks 69

Barry Bonds:
AB 286
BA .371
OBP .612
SLG .822
OPS 1.434
Runs 100
Hits 106
RBIs 79
HRs 35
Ks 24

Now, if Bonds had the ABs that Beltre had, here are some projections:

Hits: 170 (vs. Beltre's 152)
RBIs: 126 (vs. Beltre's 90)
HRs: 56 (vs. Beltre's 39)
Ks: 38 (vs. Beltre's 69)

Gagne should rest his jaw along with his arm.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 16:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Only 286 ABs?!?!?!?!?

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 16:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yes, a byproduct of those 230 walks he's on target to get.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 16:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I know I know but to actually SEE the number...

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 16:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

More than when I did two days ago I think the Cards might split that vote so that Beltre finishes #2.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 17:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

haha I love it, Barry has made the debate for the winner obsolete, now we have threads about "okay, who will finish second?"

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 17:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bonds is undeniably on another plane offensively (although not every day can I admit that). Will his MVP chances take a hit if the Giants don't make the playoffs?

bnw (bnw), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 18:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Or did A-Rod win it when the Rangers were in the cellar?

bnw (bnw), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 18:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Will Bonds' MVP chances take a hit if the Giants don't make the playoffs? Or did A-Rod win it when the Rangers were in the cellar?

Yes, A-Rod won it when the Rangers were 60 games out. The Giants are 4 out of 1st in the West and leading the wild card race.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 18:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tied in the Wild Card! The Cubs made up the 1/2 game last night.

NL MVP as of now:
Bonds
Rolen
Beltre

JD Drew has had a great season. Probably not a true MVP canidate as he isn't putting up nearly the killer numbers of these other people, but he has definitely been important to the Braves.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 18:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

if you'd told me Adrian Beltre would not only hit 40 HR this year, but do it in late August AND be the first one to get there this season, I'd have called you craaaazy. Grand slam, too.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 23:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

good lord he's exploded. .373/.432/.782 since the all star break. who does that remind you of?

John (jdahlem), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 23:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Beltre reminds me a bit of Sheffield when he is batting. He isn't quite as demonstrative with jerking the bat around like Sheff, but the swing and stance are pretty similar.

Having Shawn Green return to the living and adding Finley to the Dodger's lineup definitely helps Beltre. Green has been red hot since the break.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Wednesday, 25 August 2004 00:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore?gid=240828121
i think i have to agree with gear now.

edmonds might have drawn even with rolen at this point, but he doesn't have the lofty RISP numbers. beltre's been only so-so w/ RISP but has some unbelievable clutch (close and late) which have helped his case in a huge way.

here's an article gygax is sure to love:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=neel/040826

i love how there's this perception that bonds has just always been this good and what he's doing now is nothing special for him. i mean yeah, he was possibly the best player of the 90s but he was but a shadow of what he is now and has been the last 3 years.

John (jdahlem), Saturday, 28 August 2004 19:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Beltre definitely seems to be emphasizing his point in the past couple of weeks.

Saturday's line: W 4-2 over the Mets
5-5 1HR 2RBI 2Runs

Criminy.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Saturday, 28 August 2004 21:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think he's been lurking here and got pissed

Gear! (Gear!), Saturday, 28 August 2004 22:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


NL VORP thru Saturday:

Barry Bonds 113.4
Albert Pujols 77.2
Adrian Beltre 77.2
Todd Helton 74.6
Jim Edmonds 73.8
Mark Loretta 68.2
Scott Rolen 67.4

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 August 2004 14:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'd like to see after Sunday... 4/5 with 2 ding-dongs.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 30 August 2004 15:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

bonds has actually been a mortal .299/.513/.542 against lefthanders this year. of course, that means he's been hitting .396/.649/.948 against righties.

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 16:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

haha, those "mortal" Bonds vs. LHP numbers are as good if not better than the other NL MVP candidates stats against all pitchers.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 30 August 2004 17:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the point is that minus the IBBs it's a line well within the reach of any mvp caliber player, something that can't be said of his split against righties or overall numbers.

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 17:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think we're missing the TRUE reason we're here:

NL VORP thru Saturday:
Barry Bonds 113.4
Albert Pujols 77.2
Adrian Beltre 77.2
Todd Helton 74.6
Jim Edmonds 73.8
******Mark Loretta 68.2******
Scott Rolen 67.4

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 30 August 2004 17:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

right now it's looking like barry could be the difference in a giants w/l today, but i wonder if he'll do anything more than pinch hit. you'd think with the giants tied in the wild card race and getting two days off next week he might make an exception, but...he's sore, man.

contrast that attitude with sheffield or pujols, who have won i don't know how many games for their teams this year playing through pain. oh, and then there was that whole missing 5 games with a cold thing.

(ie still plenty of reason not to like the guy folks)

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 17:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I get the sense that BB could just take that HR crown anytime he wanted, and he just might in the end.

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 30 August 2004 18:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bonds has been playing in pain for almost 3 seasons. he just doesn't talk about it.

Not to mention he is at least 10 years older than Pujols (who knows for sure?) and is quite a different player than Sheffield is.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 30 August 2004 19:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Bonds has been playing in pain for almost 3 seasons. he just doesn't talk about it."

are you kidding me??

"is quite a different player than Sheffield is."

no, he's not at all. unless you mean what you probably mean, which doesn't actually have anything to do with what i'm talking about. please, don't even try to argue that bonds is half as tough as gary is. barry can (and does) have all the talent in the world, but at the end of the day he's still a pussy.


giants lose 7-6. bonds makes an out in his PH AB.

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 19:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Of course, the Giants lost because their closer-by-Duck-Duck-Goose, Dustin Hermanson, kinda sucks; Bonds' day off (to rest his hammies, and his 40-year-old bod) (FYI - Sheffield's 4.5 years younger than BB) coinciding with a shitty 9th inning pitching performance was a(n) (un)happy coincidence.

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 30 August 2004 19:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah whatever, i'm still shocked by gygax's "he doesn't talk about it" comment. bonds talks about his pain and anguish - physical, mental, probably spiritual - more than any other player in the game. it's fucking annoying. you can't read a freaking game recap without hearing about how fucking sore he is, how tired he is, how worn out he is, how he's really thinking this might be it for him, etfuckingcetera. he's the biggest diva in baseball.

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 19:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

xpost:

Hi John,

I've been watching Bonds for almost his entire career. While his hamstring isn't going to tear in half, i would imagine that it has never healed completely based on first hand observation. For a guy who has had only 2 substantial stays on the DL in a 19 year career and has played in less than 140 games only 1 time since 1987, your definition of "pussy" shows either a very poor or creative understanding of it.

And while your attempt to credit Bonds with the loss with his PH AB (the Giants had the lead at the time) is charming, if you'd actually watched the game you'd have seen Dustin Hermanson gave up 3 hits and a walk (2 Runs) in the bottom of the 9th while failing to retire a batter.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 30 August 2004 19:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

xxpost (hi gygax!):

Well, yeah, there's plenty on-record of The Pain of The Bonds (mostly because, since I'm not in the SF area, the only non-stat noise I hear about Bonds is about his aches & pains & BB's attitude re: the aches & pains & the media's slanting of BB's attitude re: the aches & pains), but if there's a player nowadays that can deservedly get away w/ some diva histrionics, it is he, and I don't recall any outright grandstanding re: his aches & pains (which, from what I've heard, are pretty severe - I heard it takes 10 man hours for his hammies to get prepped before gametime?)

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 30 August 2004 19:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

gygax,

he didn't cost them the game by making a lousy out, he cost them the game by NOT PLAYING.

for a roided-up 40 year old man with a shot hammy, he still runs the bases and plays the field pretty well. so i thought, in a deadlocked wildcard race with only a month remaining in the season, where a single loss could certainly cost the giants a playoff berth, and with two days off in the coming week, he might take a risk, make an exception, and play this game. sacrifice his body a little bit, for the good of the team, like some of those other mvp candidates are. y'know, that corny old-school unselfish "white" bullshit.

(i'm just kidding of course, i never thought that. i know the guy too well)

regards

john

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 20:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He's played in 10 straight games (including day games following night games which he's taken off in the past), the last game he took off was the opener of the doubleheader 8/18 (which was a make-up game and yet he entered the game as a pinch-hitter). The last scheduled game he did not start was on 8/14. I don't think he's been slacking.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 30 August 2004 20:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

So it's agreed, Adrian Beltre is our #2

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 30 August 2004 21:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Well, according to the VORP stats through Saturday's games that Dr. Morbius posted upthread: it shows a virtual tie between Pujols and Beltre for #2.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 30 August 2004 21:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i don't really understand how that works out:

beltre, 3B
g - 125
eqa - .340

pujols, 1B
g - 124
eqa - .341

seems to me like beltre should have the higher VORP.

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 21:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

so it's agreed, VORP is confusing and kills fun

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 30 August 2004 22:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

absolutely

John (jdahlem), Monday, 30 August 2004 22:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is it me or is the correlation between regular season MVP and world series winner really low?

bnw (bnw), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 12:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Willie 'Decline Phase' Mays at 39 (1970) was 8th in the NL in offensive winning pct (right behind Hank 'Playing Well' Aaron), had a slash of .291/.390/.506, and hit 28 homers. The next year he led the NL in walks and OBP (112, .425).

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I hate doing this, but for the second time in three or four years I'll waste my time responding to you and explain something I thought would be self-evident. 1970 Willie Mays is being compared to prime Willie Mays; ditto Hank Aaron. If you think Willie Mays in 1970 = Willie Mays in 1965 or Willie Mays in 1954, that's great. And just to anticipate your next silly comment, yes, I do realize very few players = Willie Mays in 1965 or 1954. I do get that.

clemenza, Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:32 (one year ago) Permalink

gold star

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 29 July 2017 22:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Similarly, Hank Aaron was a 5-win player in 1970, not the 8-9.5-win player of his prime, if you want to put a cherry on it.

Now we can go back to ignoring each other

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 29 July 2017 22:43 (one year ago) Permalink

2999

na (NA), Sunday, 30 July 2017 01:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Clem and Morbs fighting reminds me of my parent's divorce.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 30 July 2017 04:05 (one year ago) Permalink

don't worry they'll get back together when the angels win the pennant

qualx, Sunday, 30 July 2017 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

anyway yay

qualx, Sunday, 30 July 2017 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Beltre has exactly one 200 hit season (in 2004 he finished with exactly 200 hits). Without checking, I'm assuming that's the fewest 200 hit seasons for any player with 3000 hits.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 30 July 2017 21:50 (one year ago) Permalink

nope! A few have 0, or 1.

Clem and Morbs fighting reminds me of my parent's divorce.

Which of them was stuck in 1990?

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 30 July 2017 23:40 (one year ago) Permalink

zero 200-hit seasons: Anson, Rickey H, Murray, Winfield, Yaz

One: Beltre, Biggio, Collins, Kaline, Mays, Palmeiro, Yount

Most of them better hitters than Pete Rose, of course.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 31 July 2017 00:36 (one year ago) Permalink

(pulled that straight from today's NY Times column by Tyler Kepner)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 31 July 2017 00:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow, so more than a third of the 3000 hit club had zero or one seasons with 200 hits. Am I the only one who's sort of shocked by this?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 31 July 2017 05:07 (one year ago) Permalink

There are a lot of patient hitters there (but not too patient, too many walks = not enough hits) but not really a comp for Beltre.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 31 July 2017 05:11 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm surprised too, i guess, but not shocked. getting to 3000 is just a function of longevity. the player with the 50th most hits last year was nick markakis, with 161. if a player had 161 hits each season of their career, it would take them about 18-19 years to reach 3000. if a player has 200 hits a year, it would take them 15 years, which is faster, but...not really that much faster. so it just seems to be a matter of staying healthy and having a long career.

Karl Malone, Monday, 31 July 2017 05:21 (one year ago) Permalink

still boggling at the fact that nick markakis has 1,995 career hits

nomar, Monday, 31 July 2017 05:37 (one year ago) Permalink

so many players this year chasing major milestones, really looking forward to Markakis' 2000th hit, i hope he gets it at home.

nomar, Monday, 31 July 2017 05:39 (one year ago) Permalink

the growth of the 3000 Club in the last 40 years is just bananas

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 31 July 2017 07:43 (one year ago) Permalink

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-everyone-should-love-adrian-beltre/

The "Best of Adrian" clip at the bottom is great.

NoTime: Pujols and Cabrera will get to 3,000 with only one 200-hit season each.

clemenza, Monday, 31 July 2017 16:30 (one year ago) Permalink

(Altuve, on the other hand, riding the Gwynn-Boggs-Ichiro Express.)

clemenza, Monday, 31 July 2017 16:37 (one year ago) Permalink

future HOFer jose altuve is an obvious pick but don't rule out Less Sexy Starlin

qualx, Monday, 31 July 2017 21:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Bill James predictor tool has Cano with 59% chance of making it to 3000.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 31 July 2017 22:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I think Cano will make it. There are a lot of middle infielders like Castro who look like decent bets mid-career--they start young and pile up a lot of hits by the time they're 30--but they're just not good enough to play regularly into their late 30s. My guess is Castro's one of those guys, Elvis Andrus too. Altuve's obviously qualitatively different.

clemenza, Monday, 31 July 2017 23:45 (one year ago) Permalink

castro has no chance, he's not good enough to play for as long as he'd have to

k3vin k., Monday, 31 July 2017 23:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Robbie Alomar looked to be a guy to maybe go way over 3000 hits as he had been so dependable and then he was not anymore.

earlnash, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 03:39 (one year ago) Permalink

I got to give Castro a bit of props for coming out of the garbage bin to even be good again, he looked maybe washed up a couple years ago.

earlnash, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 03:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Robbie Alomar looked to be a guy to maybe go way over 3000 hits as he had been so dependable and then he was not anymore.

― earlnash, Monday, July 31, 2017 11:39 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Alomar's fall was rather sharp: 193 hits at age 33, then 157, then 133, then 45.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 04:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Cano's contract basically guarantees that he'll get enough PT to Biggio his way to 3000 hits.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 04:56 (one year ago) Permalink

538 had a 3,000-hit roundup the other day:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/who-will-join-the-3000-hit-club-after-adrian-beltre/

Trout, Machado, and Harper all 200-300 hits ahead of the average 3,000-hit guy.

Alomar's drop-off still mystifies me. I had a theory at the time that I've since discarded. Coming off his near-MVP season in 2001, he was just shy of 2,400 hits and not yet 34. I thought at the time he was headed for the Top 10, maybe even 3,500 hits.

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 12:37 (one year ago) Permalink

(xpost)

big-gi-o

/ bij-ˈjē-ō/

transitive verb

1. to hang around unproductively for the sake of specious awards and milestones

“Martin Scorsese finally biggioed his first Academy Award for The Departed.”

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 13:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Finally you and Morbs can agree on something. Glad I could help (the assist goes to Biggio for inspiring this feel good moment by, uh, biggioing the last three years of his career).

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 14:57 (one year ago) Permalink

http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2017/08/08/report-umpire-joe-west-suspended-three-games-for-bashing-adrian-beltre-publicly/

In keeping with the general feeling that umpires are a touch sensitive these days.

clemenza, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:56 (one year ago) Permalink

joe west is a confrontational dick, but that is lame

i mean in the seven weeks since that happened, MLB had him ump home plate in the all-star game

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 01:02 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, that seems silly. didn't west say they were on good terms, and beltre said he thought it was a joke?

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 01:03 (one year ago) Permalink

nah fuck joe west

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 01:29 (one year ago) Permalink

In best promotion ever, #Rangers giving away miniature on-deck circles to honor Adrian Beltre: https://t.co/9pzL8ZfRI9

— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 11, 2017

mookieproof, Friday, 11 August 2017 15:01 (one year ago) Permalink

hahaha

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 August 2017 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

love it

k3vin k., Friday, 11 August 2017 15:26 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

out at least four weeks ;_;

mookieproof, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Awful! He's having a partial season that ranks with all his other second-greatest seasons.

clemenza, Friday, 1 September 2017 21:04 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Adrian Beltre got to meet Beltre the Giraffe at the @FortWorthZoo today. https://t.co/Isr4ahfM88 pic.twitter.com/Bk3lwq3VaQ

— Cut4 (@Cut4) March 30, 2018

mookieproof, Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

Adrian Beltre Becomes the Latin American Hit King https://t.co/I4ZNwtnCUe

— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) April 5, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 April 2018 21:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

That is just amazing. This guy has blossomed into an All-Timer.

earlnash, Thursday, 5 April 2018 23:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...
one month passes...

I never get tired of these two guys:

http://www.mlb.com/cut4/felix-hernandez-laughed-at-adrian-beltre-after-striking-him-out/c-289319882

(Extra credit to Beltre--as the announcers point out, he knows when not to joke around.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 19:35 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I hope Ade comes back for a final season. He’s been injured and his statline is a touch below recent years but still, he has been playing out of his mind the past couple weeks and his bWAR is a very nice 2.3 (in approx 2/3 of a season.)

omar little, Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Hope so too. Otherwise (and it makes no actual difference in his stature), the two partial seasons will end up costing him 500 HR and 100 WAR.

clemenza, Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:26 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

In honor of Adrián Beltré retiring here’s a thread of all of his best, goofiest and most wonderful moments.

The dude was such a vehicle of baseball joy and we’ll all miss his antics.

— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) November 20, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

not complete without:
http://i.imgur.com/vv7x8lf.jpg

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtR9eU2U8AA8ck-.jpg:small

mookieproof, Friday, 30 November 2018 21:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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