Quite the career.
That's the only way to describe the career Adrian Beltre. This week, he decided it was all over. The Red Sox legend retired and surely, he could go into the Hall of Fame when it is all said and done and he is up for election. However, that is a few years down the line, so let's not focus on that at this very moment (especially with the PED stuff and all of that).
BUT... he truly is the one that got away for the Red Sox. He only played one season for the team (2010), but he sure as heck made his mark on the club. The guy, who got over 3,000 hits and blasted over 450 homers in his MLB career, had one of his best seasons in Boston.
After all, Beltre hit .321 with 28 home runs and a .919 OPS in 154 games for the Red Sox; he was also named an All-Star that season for the first time in his career. Honestly, not bad. Not bad at all. His OPS that year was .100 points above his career OPS, so that's something.
So what is his legacy in Boston? He replaced Mike Lowell at third base, for starters. That's probably how I will remember him. Oh yeah, and he didn't like it when people touched his head.
But seriously, he is one of the more underrated players of the generation. Sure, we all know he was great, but I feel like he wasn't really appreciate enough for all that he did--especially for a guy who spent 21 seasons in the big leagues. That stuff doesn't happen by accident folks, he was truly a special talent.
So yeah, great career, Beltre. You should be proud of all you accomplished. Just a shame you only spent one year with Boston.