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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

Celebrating Pudge Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre’s immortality since July 30, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Good morning.

Whew, yesterday was an all-timer. Buckle in for another franchise-altering day today.

Let’s get this out of the way: Sam Butler recaps the Rangers‘ 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles that basically cemented their status as sellers but who cares because it was rad as heck!

Levi Weaver writes about the impossible circumstances where Pudge Rodriguez finished his Hall of Fame induction speech no more than ten minutes before Adrian Beltre hit 3,000.

T.R. Sullivan was there in Cooperstown as the first true, homegrown Ranger entered the Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Pudge!

The Star-Telegram has a transcript of Pudge’s Hall of Fame induction speech if you missed it.

Evan Grant writes that Pudge, as he so often does, stole the show on Sunday in New York.

Jeff Wilson writes that while Pudge was thanking the fans, fans of Pudge said thank you by making it out to see his induction in Cooperstown.

Jeff Passan has a dope profile of the toughest ballplayer alive, Adrian Beltre. (Come for the Beltre love, stay for the story for why you don’t want to be left alone with Felix Hernandez in a bathroom.)

David Schoenfield takes a look at Beltre’s one-of-a-kind career where he’s only gotten better with age.

Neil Paine of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight blog looks at the numbers behind Beltre trip to Cooperstown to join Pudge with a T on his plaque at the Hall of Fame.

Richard Justice writes that the only thing matching Beltre’s talent for the game of baseball is his big ol’ heart.

Adrian Beltre spoke with Rebecca Lopez about hit No. 1, hit No. 3,000, becoming the first Dominican born member of the 3,000 Club, and everything in between.

Stefan Stevenson writes that we’re just getting started seeing Beltre do historical things on the baseball field.

Kevin Sherrington writes about Adrian Beltre’s remarkable run from consolation free agency afterthought to a living, breathing legend in Texas.

The MLB Cut4 blog is a place where MLB Dot Com houses all the viral/fun moments from baseball so, yeah, it’s basically the Adrian Beltre blog. Therefore it’s no surprise that they’ve honored Beltre with a best-of list.

No one can reach the top of the head of the animal the Fort Worth Zoo fittingly named Beltre:

Weaver does it again with a very touching video in celebration of Beltre’s 3,000th hit.

And lastly, get the tissues ready one more time: