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One of the great misconceptions about the brilliant career of Adrian Beltre is that he was mean and unapproachable. Those eyes, that stare, sometimes kept those who didn’t know him at a distance.

The truth is, he was one of the most enjoyable players to be around. Those eyes were actually so warm and soft, and that smile could light a scoreboard. He is a future Hall of Famer, only Brooks Robinson played more games at third base, no third baseman had more assists, and George Brett and Wade Boggs are the only other primary third basemen to finish with 3,000 hits. But Beltre’s legacy will be the fun with which he played.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has announced his retirement after amassing more than 3,000 hits over 21 seasons.

With his 3,000th hit on Sunday afternoon, Adrián Beltré became the first Dominican-born player in a very elite club. Here’s how he hit the milestone, broken down by the numbers.

From the free agents set to cash in to the big-name stars sure to come up in trade rumors all winter long, keep up with all of the latest action.

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