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#1 Bark's Lounge

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 08:38 PM

I don’t really hear too much brought up about the stellar career Adrian Beltre is amassing.

We have always know that he is a stellar defender at 3B, but I wonder if our minds are entrenched in his ho-hum Seattle Mariners years. Although these years with the Mariners were primarily his “prime years”, he has produced 4 consecutive fantastic seasons playing for the Red Sox and Texas Rangers.

At this juncture in time, I view Safeco Field oppositely of Coors Field. Safeco is a hitters nightmare, whether that is because of the dimensions of the park, the marine environment, or the bad Juju of ten years of offensive stagnation coming from that ballpark. On this I give Beltre a Mulligan. If some will penalize a player for having a great career at an uber hitters friendly ballpark, I believe a player who is in the exact opposite environment should be cut some slack.

From the list I put together. Hoping my resources are correct, Beltre is ranked 8th in career WAR for a third baseman – behind the following:


  • Mike Schmidt
  • Eddie Matthews
  • George Brett
  • Chipper Jones
  • Brooks Robinson
  • Paul Molitor
  • Ron Santo

Note: A-Rod would be #1 on this list, but has still played more games at SS than 3B. Paul Molitor played a boat load at DH – If anyone wants to keep him in or keep him out as a third baseman, I am chill with that.

I recognize the value of sabremetrics, but I still believe that a great amount of counting stats are important as well as character and tenacity on the field of play. Beltre has 376 HR’s and 2,426 Hits, to go along with 4 gold gloves, I am not too sure about his character or tenacity, but going into his age 35 season, Beltre has 400 HR’s all but wrapped up and has a fair shot at reaching 3,000 hits before it is all said and done.

Adrian Beltre may not have the superstar designation that a guy like Chipper Jones has/had, but he is just about as good or equal.

Adrian Beltre is a National Baseball Hall of Famer.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:00 PM

In his favor, his last name anagrams to Belter.

I have trouble getting excited about him, though. To me it's not a hall of Stats, it's a hall of Fame, and I'm fine with it being partly subjective. But he's got some more time to win me over.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:31 PM

Never even gave it a thought, but I would say he definitely has a case. Especially if he has 3 or 4 good seasons left in him.

Of course, like Jeff Bagwell, he'll be penalized for possibly taking steroids. Unlike Bagwell, it seems pretty likely Beltre did. And I still don't care. Too bad the HoF voters are obsessed with it.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:44 PM

Beltre is young and talented enough to get to 500 HR, 600 2B, 3000 hits, 1500 runs and 1500 RBI. He's also one of the best defensive third basemen ever and has a famous distaste for people touching his head. I say he's in.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:50 PM

Depends

Let's see how he finishes his career. Borderline right now. Santo was elected by the veterans' committee. Also who knows how the writers will feel about his linkage to PEDs in 8-10 years when he will be up for election.
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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:07 PM

He came up when he was 19 so he has a pretty huge head start with the counting stats. He's only 35, playing great defense and less than 600 hits from 3,000. I think the odds are strongly in his favor that he gets there.

Even if he comes up short of the big milestones like Andre Dawson, I think he gets in as his defense is regarded as elite.

However, I feel the same about him as Ashbury does in that he just doesn't feel elite in his time. That has a tendency to change though once guys start approaching the milestones. Eddie Murray and Paul Molitor come to mind from past generations that seemed to be great but not elite players until they were approaching the end.

Edit: I must have forgotten about his linkage to PED's. Was it back with the Dodgers? Or are we just making assumptions? If there is a legit link, he's not getting in.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:19 PM

Edit: I must have forgotten about his linkage to PED's. Was it back with the Dodgers? Or are we just making assumptions? If there is a legit link, he's not getting in.


Nick - I was not aware of his linkage to PEDs either up until the last few minutes. It appears his link to PEDs is Eric Gagne's book "Game over, the story of Eric Gagne". Gagne claims that 80% of his teammates with the Dodgers used them. No names were given and Beltre has been on the record as saying he was not one of them... who knows?

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:44 PM

If he's clean of PEDs (I had no idea he was even linked)

I didn't see his name in the Mitchell report.

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The guy was a young stud. At age 18 he dominated the minor leagues and was a legit player by the time he was 20 in MLB.

Great defense, 1500 RBIs, 400 HRs, and possibly 3,000 hits? If he gets the 3,000 and PED free, absolutely. If he gets 2,800 hits. Yes, by his 3rd yr of eligibility.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 07:20 PM

He'd get my vote right now, anything he does from here on is just icing.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 11:33 AM

I absolutely think he should be. The only thing, in my mind, that hurts him is that he isn't talked about nationally as much as he should be.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

Fred McGriff can't even get in the HOF. Beltre will have to have 500 HR and 3000 hits to stand a chance of making it in. Had he carried Texas on his back to a WS win and followed it up with another run he wouldn't need astronomical numbers. In this day and age of needing to be wowed, he might take an election campaign

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 12:22 PM

He'd get my vote right now, anything he does from here on is just icing.


Not that Bill James's similarity scores are official or anything, but take a look at Beltre's "most similar to" list on b-r.com, and compare to his "most similar through age 34" list. As it stands, he's ranked with members of the Hall Of Very Good, but he's on track to be an Outer (Not Inner) Circle HOFer if he can keep going at his present pace. To me, this confirms my view that he doesn't pass the (What If He Got Hit By A) Bus Test.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 01:32 PM

Fred McGriff can't even get in the HOF. Beltre will have to have 500 HR and 3000 hits to stand a chance of making it in. Had he carried Texas on his back to a WS win and followed it up with another run he wouldn't need astronomical numbers. In this day and age of needing to be wowed, he might take an election campaign

Beltre plays a premium defensive position at an elite level, while McGriff was a 1B. That really separates those two, in my opinion.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 05:06 PM

Beltre plays a premium defensive position at an elite level, while McGriff was a 1B. That really separates those two, in my opinion.


Yeah,I do not disagree with you, but how many are in the hall because they could play defense.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:15 PM

Not that Bill James's similarity scores are official or anything, but take a look at Beltre's "most similar to" list on b-r.com, and compare to his "most similar through age 34" list. As it stands, he's ranked with members of the Hall Of Very Good, but he's on track to be an Outer (Not Inner) Circle HOFer if he can keep going at his present pace. To me, this confirms my view that he doesn't pass the (What If He Got Hit By A) Bus Test.


Those scores give him zero credit for being one of the game's historically elite defenders at third.

I call shenanigans. :)

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:27 PM

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:46 PM

Those scores give him zero credit for being one of the game's historically elite defenders at third.

I call shenanigans. :)


The tool does, by hook or by crook, pair him up with Gaetti, Rolen, and Santo, none of whom were considered shabby with the leather. Rolen could get in, Santo's already in (by the epidermis of his molars).

Beltre's in good company, and could get in; I'm not ready to proclaim he's IN.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:46 PM

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 08:25 PM

Beltre's in good company, and could get in; I'm not ready to proclaim he's IN.


That's certainly fair*.






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Posted 27 May 2014 - 08:47 AM

4 Gold Gloves
4 Top 10 MVP Finishes
72 Career WAR (from baseball-reference)

Closing in on 2500 hits and 400 HRs.

1st ballot? 2nd ballot?

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:04 AM

I think Beltre has the potential to become the next generation's Tim Raines. Very deserving, not a slam dunk, but tons of support from the stat-friendly community. Personally, I think he's one of the best defensive players I've ever seen, so if he can keep up his recent offensive production for a couple more seasons, I'd vote for him.
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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:05 AM

Fangraphs has him at 65 WAR. Still enough to get consideration, particularly because he's still going so strong, having accumulated 25 WAR in his past four seasons.

http://www.fangraphs...639&position=3B

If he does this for another few years, I don't see how he doesn't get him. He has been sneaky-good for a long time.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:21 AM

Great question...or a question I've thought a lot about.

If his career ended today. No. He'd end up in the Bobby Abreu, Tim Raines, Vlad Guerrero, etc etc category.

Not winning a WS (0 for 2) hasn't helped him, though maybe not hurt him at much as it would an NFL player.

I was surprised to see he only has 4 GGs. He's a guy who I think needs the 3,000 hits to get in. He's 35. He should finish around 2,600 by year end.

So 400 hits shouldn't be too hard to get if he stays healthy. So maybe if no injuries by May/June of his age 38 season (2017) he cracks 3000.

Either way, I hope he makes it.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:24 AM

Not being tied to steroids helps his case. I think he'll get to 3000 and make it moot, but a ring would probably seal it regardless. Probably not first ballot though without a World Series, but at least within three years.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:29 AM

If his career ended today. No. He'd end up in the Bobby Abreu, Tim Raines, Vlad Guerrero, etc etc category.


Actually, I think Vlad gets in. Not 1st ballot but likely in his first five years. Abreu and Raines were good players for a long time. Guerrero was an elite player for a decade and a good player for his entire career.

I agree with Beltre though. He is only 35. He plays strong defense and has very good on base skills, two things what will keep him employed even if other indicators point to a decline. He's not a lock for 3,000 hits, but I'd say the odds are strongly in his favor to get there. That would put him the the HOF.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:56 AM

I think he'll need longevity stats to get in. 3000 hits is becoming cliché as we are close to 30 players with 3000 hits so I say 3100 hits and 1600 RBIs and over 1000 XBHs will be needed. I think he can get there.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 12:17 PM

I think he has a better chance than Mauer does. Please don't yell at me!
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Posted 27 May 2014 - 12:17 PM

I think he'll need longevity stats to get in. 3000 hits is becoming cliché as we are close to 30 players with 3000 hits so I say 3100 hits and 1600 RBIs and over 1000 XBHs will be needed. I think he can get there.


I don't think they're cliche at all. As more players play the game, more will reach the 3,000 mark. That doesn't dilute the mark, that just means more people have played baseball.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 02:25 PM

Here's a list of the Top 10 Third Baseman by WAR (from baseball reference)

1 Mike Schmidt HOF 106.5
2 Eddie Mathews HOF 96.4
3 Wade Boggs HOF 91.1
4 George Brett HOF 88.4
5 Chipper Jones 85.0
6 Ron Santo HOF 70.4
7 Brooks Robinson HOF 78.3
8 Paul Molitor HOF 75.4
9 Adrian Beltre 71.9
10 Scott Rolen 70.0

And for some reason bbref had Beltre #8 ahead of Molitor, not sure why. Maybe they took Molly down a notch for not really playing third base for a long time?

I'm a little surprised that Scott Rolen ranks so high...

Unlike the NBA, I can't discount a players credentials for lack of WS rings, a player is just 1/25th of a team. A single player can't be responsible for winning the WS.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 02:59 PM

A single player can't be responsible for winning the WS.


If they were, Barry Bonds would have more rings than fingers.