Remembering the Moment Adrian Beltre Became A Hall of Fame Legend

Sure, the stats and numbers are all aligned to make him a Hall of Famer, but there's really only one reason he made it in.
Sep 21, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) reacts during the
Sep 21, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) reacts during the / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Former Texas Rangers third baseman and designated hitter Adrian Beltre has officially been elected to the Hall of Fame. In just his first year of eligibility, Beltre received 95.1% of the vote - the most of any nominee this year.

Beltre spent 8 of his 21 seasons in the big leagues with the Rangers. He is a 4-time All-Star, 4-time Silver Slugger award winner, and 5-time Gold Glove award winner. He batted .286 with 477 home runs and had a 93.5 WAR.

Although he never won a World Series championship in his career, he was a big part of getting the Rangers to the fall classic in both 2011 and 2012.

He is a well-decorated ball player with many achievements that helped make him a Hall of Famer, one small action in a blowout game is what makes him a legend.

Towards the end of a high-scoring game against the Miami Marlins in 2017, Beltre was on deck in the 8th inning. While the on deck circular mat was closer to the dugout, Beltre was standing on the grass closer to behind home plate.

Second base umpire Gerry Davis did not like where Beltre was standing, so he stopped the game and asked Beltre to move to the mat (probably for safety, but nobody had ever really stood on the mat).

Beltre instead went to the mat and moved it over to where he was just standing - mostly because he is a fun guy and has a sense of humor. But Davis wasn't having any of that and tossed him from the game.

This just solidified Davis as a grumpy old man and Beltre as a legend. Congratulations to good ole' #29 on making it to the Hall.

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