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Adrian Beltre expected to miss WBC with strained calf muscle

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Adrian Beltre has a strained calf muscle that is expected to keep him out at least for the first round of the WBC.

The Texas Rangers announced on Friday that an MRI confirmed a Grade 3 strained calf for the third baseman. Beltre reported to camp on Friday and said he hurt himself working out on Tuesday. He is expected to miss three weeks.

The four-time All-Star was hoping to play with the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic this year, but he will miss at least the first round, which begins on March 9 for his country.

“If I feel 100 percent, I’ll go play, but I am not going to force anything,” Beltre said via the Rangers’ official site. “My main concern is to be ready for the season. We have a lot to accomplish as a team. That’s the reason why I am here.”

Beltre did allow the possibility to join the Dominican team if they advance in the competition and his condition improves. However, he did note the country won the last event without him.

Beltre is 37 now but is showing no signs of slowing down. He batted .300 with 31 doubles and 32 home runs last season, while finishing seventh in AL MVP voting.

Prince Fielder touches Adrian Beltre’s head for last time

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Prince Fielder on Wednesday announced at a press conference that he was retiring from professional baseball due to problems with his neck, which is currently in a brace.

Fielder has endured two spinal fusion surgeries in the last few years and his body is no longer cooperating. The Texas Rangers DH, who batted just .212 in 89 games this season, was emotional as he said goodbye to the game. Crying at times, one especially emotional moment came when Fielder gave teammate Adrian Beltre a pat on the head:

Longtime baseball fans know how sensitive Beltre is about his head (here’s the video evidence).

You know it was a rare occasion if Beltre permitted his head to be touched.

Report: Adrian Beltre, Rangers continuing extension talks


With Opening Day 2016 officially upon us, the question remains: does Adrian Beltre retire a Texas Ranger? Well, there at least appears to be some mutual interest in that endgame.

According to a report by Jon Heyman of MLB Network on Sunday, the Rangers have had discussions with the All-Star third baseman about a possible contract extension and talks will continue into the regular season.

Beltre, the soon-to-be 37-year-old baseball smasher, batted .287/.334/.453 with 18 home runs and 83 RBIs for Texas in 2015, finishing seventh in AL MVP voting.

The four-time All-Star has defied the kiss of Father Time to this point, delivering five consecutive quality seasons in Arlington since signing there as a free agent in 2011. That plus the fact that Beltre is represented by Scott Boras (not to mention his knack for playing at a high level through pain) should be enough to earn him a relatively lucrative extension. It looks like that’s something the Rangers will be willing to give him as he rides out the final years of his career.

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H/T Rotoworld

Adrian Beltre played through torn thumb ligament in second half of season


Thanks to one of the biggest postseason meltdowns on this side of Clippers-Rockets, the Texas Rangers failed to advance to the American League Championship Series this season. But one Ranger that certainly can’t be faulted for not leaving it all out on the baseball diamond is third baseman Adrian Beltre.

On Friday, two days after the Rangers blew a 2-0 series lead to fall to the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALDS, general manager Jon Daniels revealed per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that Beltre played the entire second half of the season on a torn ligament in his thumb.

Though Beltre missed two of the five ALDS games with an unrelated back issue, he managed to log four hits in nine at-bats during the series. Even more impressive are his numbers post-All-Star break when he was supposedly hampered by the ligament tear every time he swung the bat: 11 home runs and 61 RBIs on .318/.376/.509 hitting splits.

The production of the 36-year-old Beltre was one of the biggest reasons why a dark horse Rangers team swiped the 2015 AL West division title. And with this latest revelation, it looks like Beltre’s attainment of full baseball immortality is just about complete.

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H/T Yahoo! Sports

Felix Hernandez messes with Adrian Beltre after flyout (Video)

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Felix Hernandez had a funny exchange with ex-teammate Adrian Beltre after the current Texas Ranger flied out during an at-bat against him on Thursday.

Hernandez threw eight scoreless innings in Seattle’s 5-0 win, and he held Beltre hitless. In the fourth, Beltre sent a ball to deep right-center, but in spacious Safeco Field, it was just a long out. Hernandez appeared to joke with Beltre about the long out and signaled for him to head back to the dugout.

As we have seen many times in the past, Beltre loves to have a good time on the field. That’s part of what makes him so much fun to watch.

Adrian Beltre sends Garrett Richards invoice for three broken bats

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Garrett Richards displayed his Cy Young contender stuff during a win Friday against the Texas Rangers in just his second start of the season. The 26-year-old went seven strong innings allowing just three hits, three walks, and two runs in the Angels’ 3-2 win. Among his highlights included holding Rangers cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre to an 0-for-3 day. But Richards didn’t just get Beltre out Friday; he broke the third baseman’s bat all three times they faced each other.

At least Beltre had a sense of humor about it.

The Rangers’ All-Star sent Richards an invoice Saturday for the three broken bats. The OC Register’s Pedro Moura says the invoice was official looking — like the kind you would receive from a store — and included the words, “Cash only, no checks,” above Beltre’s signature.

Richards apparently loved it. And why wouldn’t he? That’s a high compliment from one of the better hitters in the league. He responded by sending Beltre back an autographed bat.

Richards was really bringing the heat Friday, too. 11 of his 13 pitches to Beltre were strikes, with 10 of them being 95 mph or faster, including one at 97, according to Moura.

This is easily the best story involving broken bats since what the Twins did with them. More hitters should have this sort of sense of humor about things. Then again, most haven’t had the type of success Beltre has during their career and probably wouldn’t feel as comfortable paying a compliment to an opposing pitcher.

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Adrian Beltre called out on strikes after stepping out of batter’s box thinking timeout was granted (Video)

One complaint some have with baseball is the amount of time between pitches. Whether it’s players stepping out of the batter’s box for practice swings or to adjust batting gloves, it all adds to the length of games, which has been a criticism of the sport for years.

Another thing you’ll often see is a batter calling for time after both he and the pitcher are set. Often times, the home plate umpire grants the request. On Wednesday, with Adrian Beltre at the plate, that wasn’t the case.

adrian-beltre-called-timeDuring the third inning, Beltre raised his hand motion for time and proceeded to step out of the batter’s box. Unfortunately for him, home plate umpire Bill Miller did not stop play. So, Dallas Keuchel continued his delivery and tossed a slider. To Beltre’s dismay, Miller called it strike three.

The umpire, of course, does not have to grant the batter’s request and Bill Miller looked like he really wasn’t trying to hear what Beltre or manager Ron Washington had to say afterward.

Later in the game, Beltre again called for time, yelling loud enough that it was picked up on the television broadcast so he was heard by Miller. Adrian Beltre got jokes.

Miguel Cabrera gets another sack whack for touching Adrian Beltre’s head (Video)

Adrian-Beltre-Miguel-CabreraAdrian Beltre hates having his head touched, and Miguel Cabrera knows that. On Tuesday night, Beltre collected the 2,500th hit of his MLB career. So naturally, Miggy had to mess with his buddy when he got to first.

Like a good friend, Cabrera tracked down the ball for Beltre so he could keep it for a souvenir. The Texas Rangers PA announcer then informed the fans in attendance that Beltre had reached a milestone, so he took his helmet off to acknowledge the standing ovation. Cabrera saw that as an opportunity to touch Beltre’s head and took advantage.

As some of you might remember, Miggy touched Beltre’s head last month when he got to third base and Beltre responded by punching him in the nuts. What do you think he did on Tuesday?

Cabrera should have seen that coming. By now he should know the deal — touch Beltre’s head and get a sack whack in return. He can’t say he hasn’t been warned.

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Miguel Cabrera touches Adrian Beltre’s head, gets punched in nuts in return (Video)

Miguel Cabrera was feeling a little saucy on Friday night and decided to tempt fate by touching Adrian Beltre’s head. And you all know what happens if you touch Beltre’s head — you’re going to get a boot up your butt in return.

Cabrera doubled for the Tigers against the Rangers in the third and advanced to third on a groundout. While hanging out on the bag, he struck up a conversation with Beltre. Then he looked down to create a diversion, and when Beltre wasn’t paying attention, he did the unspeakable.

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Beltre smacked Cabrera with his glove in return, and then followed up with a nut punch. Miggy hit back at Beltre’s nuts, making it look like a couple of third graders quibbling on the playground at recess.

Gotta love it when a bunch of grown men play around like kids.

I don’t think Adrian Beltre was expecting a curveball from Sonny Gray on this pitch (GIF)

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Adrian Beltre curveballSonny Gray definitely had his A+ stuff on Monday night as he beat the Texas Rangers for his first career complete game shutout.

The 24-year-old right-hander allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six in the 4-0 win. And it’s safe to say he had the Rangers totally off-balanced. Just take a look at that first pitch curveball he threw to Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the fourth.

There were two outs in the inning, so it’s possible that Beltre was taking on the pitch — he sure didn’t look ready to hit — but I’m pretty sure that a curveball was about the last thing he expected.

Beltre grounded out on the next pitch and went 0-for-3 against Gray.

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