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Adrian Beltre 3K Moments: Flashing Leather

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Adrian Beltre built his reputation on his elite defense at the hot corner

Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

With Adrian Beltre just eight hits from 3K, here’s a look back at ten of our favorite Adrian Beltre moments and antics. We’ll post a new one with each hit as we count down to 3,000!

For hit No. 2992:

When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre he was known as a great defensive third baseman with a couple of very good seasons with the bat. Now, in his seventh season in Texas, Beltre is known for his otherworldly defense at third base and his all-time great career at the plate for a third baseman.

In 2011, for the first time, Rawlings gave away a Platinum Glove to the top overall defender in each league. Adrian Beltre was the inaugural winner in the American League. Oh, and then he won it again in 2012.

In lieu of one single moment with glove, just admire these highlights because there will never be another guy like Adrian Beltre:

And here’s a play from TWO DAYS AGO ADRIAN BELTRE IS 38 YEARS OLD AND CAN DO THIS STILL:

Adrian Beltre will always be known as one of the great defenders at his position in Major League history. It’s easy to see why but it’s hard to fathom the level of difficulty he makes look so simple.