Rangers' Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hits
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre hits a RBI single during third inning game one American League Division Series baseball action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Thursday, October 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:36AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:45AM EST
Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers is retiring after 21 seasons and 3,166 hits.
The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision Tuesday in a statement released by the Rangers.
The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner says his decision came after "careful consideration and many sleepless nights."
Beltre made his big league debut at 19 with the Dodgers in 1998. He played with Los Angeles until 2004, then was with the Seattle Mariners from 2005-09 and the Boston Red Sox in 2010. He joined the Rangers as a free agent in 2011 and appeared in his only World Series in his first season with Texas.
In 2,933 career games, Beltre hit .286 with 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs.