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Batted-Ball Velocity, Adrian Beltre, and Xander Bogaerts

In batted-ball velocity numbers, we’ve got a new toy. It’s hard to know exactly how to use it, as it goes with many new statistical toys. Without even a full year of sample size, we have no idea how accurate the data coming in is, how sticky batted-ball velocity is year to year, or how much of a skill it is. Even worse, the data is incomplete — velocity without angle is somewhat...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' Beltre proud of new status as all-time games leader among Dominican players

Adrian Beltre doesn't like to waste time talking about his personal accomplishments in the game. He'd much rather talk about the team, winning, and other topics not related to his many individual exploits on the field. And yet, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News pointed out over the weekend, there is at least one accomplishment Beltre considers worthy of attention: the fact...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Torture Adrian Beltre With Massive Head Rubbing Celebration After Walk-Off Win

There is an old saying about celebration that goes something like this: Don't do anything great if you can't handle the congratulations. That is kind of a problem for Texas Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre. He is kind of prone to making big plays and being the center of attention during celebrations. There is only one problem--he hates the team's preferred celebration whenever he does...
Via FatManWriting
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Beltre propels Rangers past M's on walk-off walk, fifth win in row

ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre helped the Rangers win their fifth consecutive game with his bat, glove and eye. The last of Beltre's three RBI came when Fernando Rodney walked him with the bases loaded to force home the winning run on Monday night with one out. That gave Texas a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. He also had a pair of RBI doubles. His five errorless chances...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Beltre’s case for Cooperstown is rock solid

On Monday, following Adrian Beltre’s home run in the fifth inning that completed the cycle, his home run trot would suggest he had done it before. That’s because he had. Indeed, last night was the third cycle Beltre had hit during his 18-year big league career, only the 4th player in history to hit that mark. Beltre continues to impress consistently and quietly with his play...
Via The Outside Corner
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers’ Adrian Beltre Hits For Third Career Cycle, Ties MLB Record (Video)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre came to bat in the fifth inning looking for a pitch he could hit over the wall. He got one for an impressive modern-day record. Beltre homered in his fourth at-bat to complete his third career cycle, becoming the first player since the 1930s to accomplish such a feat, in the Texas Rangers’ wild 12-9 victory over the...
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Adrian Beltre completes cycle, gets mad when assaulted

Adrian Beltre became just the fourth player in baseball history to hit three cycles in his career on Monday night – and he completed his cycle in the fifth inning with a home run off of new Astros pitcher Mike Fiers. After homering, his teammates (and *especially* Elvis Andrus, as usual) removed his helmet and mauled poor Beltre’s head. Beltre’s reaction here is amazing...
Via The Outside Corner
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Slugger Adrian Beltre Hits For the Cycle Against Houston Astros By The Fifth Inning

Adruan Beltre has been a force for the Texas Rangers for sometime. Monday night, with hopes of gaining ground on the division leading Houston Astros, he certainly is doing (or did if you read this after the game is over) his part to help the team notch a win. How so you ask? By becoming the second player this season and ninth in Rangers history to hit for the cycle.It's the third...
Via FatManWriting
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Evan Gattis and Adrian Beltre Have Weird Stand-Off On Base Path During Astros-Rangers Game

Maybe this kind of weirdness happens all the time and it just hasn't made it to the internet till recently. Maybe there is something about the Rangers that say if you stare me down on the base path I'll let you pass (since someone tried it on Price Fielder not too long ago). For some crazy reason Evan Gattis thought he'd give it a try on Sunday with Adrian Beltre (who looked like...
Via FatManWriting
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Adrian Beltre’s home burglarized, AL title ring, suite tickets stolen

The home of Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was burglarized last week, according to a report from The Dallas Morning News. No one was at the home at the time of the burglary, which occurred sometime Thursday morning. Beltre had already left for the ballpark for the Rangers’ matinee game against the Oakland A’s....Read More The post Adrian Beltre’s home burglarized...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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