Every Dodger fan old enough remembers Adrian Beltre’s 2004 season. Were it not for the otherworldly talents (and chemicals) of a certain slugger in San Francisco that season, Beltre would have been the NL MVP. Beltre smashed 48 home runs that year. He had a slash line of 334/388/629 and a 1.017 OPS. He led the 2004 Dodgers to a 93-69 record and a playoff berth.
Good things under the Dodgers “McCourt Era” never lasted, however, and the Dodgers could not retain Beltre as they lowballed his contract offerings and the Seattle Mariners did not, and away he went.
3,166 hits and 477 home runs later, Beltre’s career surged and he found success. He is a sure-fire Hall of Fame inductee when his time comes. He is beloved by fans of every team he played for, and even by fans of teams he never played for.
Beltre The Good Man
Most recently, Beltre has been giving back to the community that he came from. He was seen providing financial resources for the reconstruction of the baseball stadium at Hogar Escuela Santo Domingo Savio, in DR, where he developed as a baseball player.
Future HOF Adrian Beltre provided financial resources for the reconstruction of the baseball stadium at Hogar Escuela Santo Domingo Savio, in DR, where he developed as a baseball player. @z101digital @ZDeportes
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) December 6, 2021
Beltre was discovered way back in 1994 at Campo Las Palmas, which was a Dodgers facility. He was only 15 years old then, and his life was never the same. Young boys who grow up in the Dominican Republic dream of playing professional baseball, but there are thousands who never set foot on a professional or semi-professional diamond. Beltre was notorious for his community involvement and community giving while a member of the Texas Rangers. Beltre understands the benefit of a facility like the one in his hometown.
It’s wonderful to see him doing what he does best.