Dang: After 21 Years, the GREAT Adrian Beltre is Retiring

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Dang: After 21 Years, the GREAT Adrian Beltre is Retiring

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Name the most fun non-Cubs player in baseball.

I’m not sure who immediately comes to mind for you, but I know who it was for me: Adrian Beltre. The long-time third baseman was made for the GIF era, consistently showing joy for the game of baseball in digestible, 10 second bites that we could enjoy throughout a season.

But the thing is, it wasn’t just that Beltre was frequently silly out there that made him the most fun non-Cubs player. It was also the fact that he was incredibly good. The guy played in 21 seasons, and just three of them – his rookie year when he was 19, his third full season when he was 22, and his final season when he was 39 – saw him post a WAR below 2.0! Elite on defense, and frequently at the plate, too, Beltre is a no-brainer first-ballot Hall of Famer in my book.

And, sadly, he’s hanging ’em up:

What a career. Dang. We are worse off for Beltre exiting the game, but thanks for the fun and the impressive results.

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

I could literally grab 50 Beltre GIFs I love, but here are three of my favorites that immediately came to mind:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.