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Congratulations, Adrian!

In case you’re not watching the Rangers on the last Sunday where you don’t have other commitments, Adrian Beltre just expanded his zone against John Lackey to flick an opposite-field single for his 2,000th career hit.

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Few of them came with the Rangers, so for us it is not as big a deal as Michael Young’s 2,000th was, but hopefully it will get a handful of people to notice how terrific a career Beltre has had. 2,000 hits and wonderful third-base defense from a guy in his mid 30s is nothing to sneeze at. When the context of having Safe Co Field and Dodger’s Stadium as the home parks of most of his career is applied to his offense, and you consider he probably had the best non-Barry Bonds year of the century (so far), he looks like one of the better players of his era.

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Not necessarily someone you should argue for Cooperstown, but a lot closer to that level than he probably gets credit for.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.