Adrian Beltre Perez is a Dominican professional baseball player who was born on April 7, 1979, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is the third baseman for the Texas rangers of major league baseball who was signed originally as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles dodgers in 1994. Many fans simply admire him due to some funny things he has done at the games. Once, he grabbed a broom and pretended to work on the field to avoid being drowned at the hand of his teammates. He swung the bat so hard that he landed down on his knee and covered up his fall posing like a yoga gymnast dancer in another game.
Beltre signed for the Los Angeles as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic in 1994. He is the youngest player in the national league that made his MLB debut for the dodgers in 1998. He has also played for the Seattle Mariners and Boston red sox. He led MLB in HR in 2004 in doubles in 2010, and in hits in 2013. He is first among active players, ninth all-time among the third baseman in total zone runs i.e. 114. He is also 25th all-time in defensive wins above replacement i.e. 23.2.
Beltre was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Los Angeles dodgers in 1994 by Ralph Avila who was the father of major league general manager Al Avila. The dodgers signed him with the bonus of 23,000 dollars in July 1994 on the insistence of Avila and Peguero. he made his major league debut on July 24, 1998, after being called up to the majors from the then-dodgers' double-A affiliate san Antonio missions, starting at third base in the first game of an interleague series against the Anaheim angels. He was the youngest player in the national league at that time. He hit a two-out run batted in (RBI), double off Angel's starter Chuck Finley into left field to score Paul Konerko from second base to tie the game during his first at-bat.
He averaged .265 and 18 home runs per season from 1999 through 2003 and started 710 of 810 total games played and was graded with a .948 fielding percentage. He had a breakout season in 2004. He established a number of career highs including leading MLB with 48 runs in this year. He finished second in voting for the NL most valuable player award (MVP). He was honored with his first career Silver Slugger award and the babe Ruth home run award in 2004.
Beltre was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners before the 2005 season to a five-year, 64 million dollars deal. He batted just .255 with 19 home runs and 87 RBI regressing to his pre-2004 form. His batting average was slowly improving by June 5, 2006, from .109 to .236 on April 6, 2006. His hitting began to improve after hitting his first home run in April.
Beltre hit an inside -the-park home run against the Boston red sox on July 23, 2006. It was the first ever hit in the history of Safeco field. It was statistically his best as a mariner though it was not a great season for him; he hit .276, had 26 home runs, 99 RBI, and career-high 41 doubles and was honored with a fielding bible award for being the top MLB defensive third baseman during this year.
He signed a one-year, 9 million dollars with the Boston Red Sox, which had a 5 million dollars player option for 2011 with a 1 million dollars buyout on January 7, 2010. He led the red sox in batting average of .321 in 2010 and tied David Ortiz for the team lead in RBIs of 102 and finished the year with 189 hits in 589 at-bats. On January 5, 2011, he signed a five-year, 80 million dollars contract with a vesting option for 16 million dollars with the Texas rangers for the 2016 season. He was titled as the American player of the week for July 1-7 on July 8, 2013, where he batted .478 with four home runs, two doubles, and five RBIs in six games. Beltre and the rangers agreed to a two-year 36 million contract extension on April 15, 2016, that would cover the 2017 and 2018 seasons which were valued at 18 million dollars each for both seasons.
Beltre is very talented personality. He is also interested in playing tennis and basketball despite playing baseball. The Los Angeles dodgers signed him as an amateur free agent in 1994 when he was only 15 years old. He earned several awards including four Golden Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, the Babe Ruth Home Award, and four Fielding Bible Awards and has been titled as the National League Home Run Champion as well as a three-time All-Star. In 1998 he made his MLB debut and was signed as the youngest player in the National League team.
Beltre has a marital status. He got married to Sandra Beltre. He and his wife Sandra have three children altogether. The first child born to this happily married couple was a daughter. Her name is Cassandra who was born after the 2003 season. The second child born to this couple is a son whose name is Adrian Jr. their son was born following the 2005 season. On October 1, 2010, Sandra gave birth to their youngest child.
He stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. The couple owns several homes in Dallas, Texas, and Pasadena, California. According to some sources, Beltre has a wonderful net worth estimated to be around 65 million dollars. He signed a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers worth 36 million dollars and draws an annual average salary of 18 million dollars.
He is greatly engaged in much social work. He contributed to the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex, which includes Texas Rangers RBI program, Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, the I Love Baseball program and the Texas Rangers Baseball foundation. He has also donated to various foundations which operate in Dominican Republic and foundations started by other major league players.