Adrian Beltre: I Have To Acknowledge And Thank Tommy Lasorda

After 21 seasons and 3000+ hits in the MLB, Adrian Beltre is calling it a career.

The 39-year old announced in a statement on Twitter that he will be moving on from the game he has been a part of for nearly two decades. 

“After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I've been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love. I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it's time to call it a career.”

In the middle of his retirement message, Beltre took the time to show his appreciation for Tommy Lasorda.

I also have to acknowledge and thank Tommy Lasorda for believing in this young kid from the Dominican Republic when others thought I was too young to be called up to the Big Leagues. 

He was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball's career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. Beltre spent his MLB career with the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox, and the Rangers. What a career for a special player. 

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