ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texans Rangers announced Tuesday the retirement of Adrian Beltre’s No. 29 to be Saturday, June 8 versus the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park.
The ceremony will take place at 7:35 p.m. with an 8:05 first pitch. The on-field ceremony for Beltre will have a giveaway where the first 15,000 fans get a Dr. Pepper/Brookshire’s “The 3,000th Hit” Adrian Beltre Bobbleheaad.
Beltre will become the fourth Ranger to have his uniform retired. The other three are pitcher Nolan Ryan (No. 34), manager Johnny Oates (No. 26), Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez (No. 7).
The ceremony to retire Beltre’s number is part of a season-long celebration for the Rangers as they will play their final season at Globe Life Park in 2019.
The former infielder was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2004), Seattle Mariners (2005-09), and Boston Red Sox (2010) before joining the Rangers in 2011. He is among all-time leaders in doubles ((11th, 636), games (14th, 2933), total bases (14th, 5309), extra base hits (14th, 1151), hits (15th, 3166), RBI (21st, 1707), and home runs (30th, 477) and has the most career hits of any non-U.S. native in history. The only other players ever with at least 3166 hits and 477 home runs are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray.
The four-time Rangers’ Player of the Year batted at least .300 five times and his .332 batting average is the highest in the 25-year history of the venue. Beltre collected 199 homers and 699 RBI along with a .304 batting average in 1,098 games.