For years, statistically inclined baseball fans have pointed to Adrian Beltre’s career totals in categories both new-age and traditional and noted that the Rangers third baseman was not only an All-Star but also an all-time great.

Well on Sunday, Beltre gave the rest of the baseball world reason to recognize his Cooperstown-worthy resume, when he lashed a double down the left-field line for his 3,000th career hit.

Beltre, 38, becomes the 31st player ever to accrue 3,000 hits. He’s also the third third baseman to accomplish the feat and the first who was born in the Dominican Republic.

To put Beltre’s career into perspective a bit, his 92.4 career WAR (per Baseball-Reference) ranks 29th all-time among position players. That may seem absurd, until you consider that Beltre has lasted 20 years in the Majors, racking up 3,000 hits, 454 homers, and a .820 OPS, while playing truly elite defense at a premium position. If there was any doubt before Sunday, it’s now all but official: Adrian Beltre will one day have a plaque at the Hall of Fame.

Beltre is 38 years old and 20 years into his career, but he’s still going strong, with a .310/.387/.538 slash line this season that ranks among the best of his career. That means it’s possible—maybe not likely, but possible—that he’ll last long enough to hit 46 more home runs and get to 500 for his career. Then we can all celebrate one of the greatest third basemen of all-time, all over again.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports,, and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.