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Adrian Beltre Announces Retirement After 21 Seasons

Beltre announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Tuesday, ending a prolific 21-year career.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre announced his retirement on Tuesday following 21 seasons in Major League Baseball.

Beltre, 39, was a four-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger and five-time Gold Glove winner.

"After careful consideration and many sleepless night, I have made the decision to retire from I've been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love," Beltre said. "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."

Beltre spent seven seasons with the Dodgers, five with the Mariners and one with the Red Sox before playing the final eight years of his career on the Rangers.

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Beltre retires as the all-time leader in career hits recorded by a Dominican-born player with 3,166. He compiled a career batting average of .286 (35th all-time), with 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs. He also posted a career WAR of 95.7, which ranks 26th all-time, according to Baseball Reference. His defensive WAR of 29.3 ranks 10th all-time.