Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the hitters

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American League

Batting average
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .344
2. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .338
3. Michael Young (Tex): .338

Home runs
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): 43
2. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 41
3. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39

RBI
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 119
2. Robinson Cano (NYY): 118
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): 117

Runs
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 136
2. Ian Kinsler (Tex): 121
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos): 119

Steals
1. Coco Crisp (Oak): 49
1. Brett Gardner (NYY): 49
3. Ichiro Suzuki (Sea): 40

OBP
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .448
2. Jose Bautista (Tor): .447
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .410

Slugging percentage
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): .608
2. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .586
3. Adrian Beltre (Tex): .561

National League

Batting average
1. Jose Reyes (NYM): .337
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): .332
3. Matt Kemp (LAD): .324

Home runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 39
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 38
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 37

RBI
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 126
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 120
3. Ryan Howard (Phi): 116

Runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 115
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): 109
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 105
3. Justin Upton (Ari): 105

Steals
1. Michael Bourn (Hou-Atl): 61
2. Emilio Bonifacio (Fla): 40
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): 40
2. Cameron Maybin (SDP): 40
2. Drew Stubbs (Cin): 40

OBP
1. Joey Votto (Cin): .416
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): .415
3. Lance Berkman (StL): .412

Slugging percentage
1. Ryan Braun (Mil): .597
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): .586
3. Prince Fielder (Mil): .566

It sounds like Adrián Beltré is mulling retirement

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Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling retirement.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Beltré said, “It brings the question of is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight back? Is it a sign that it’s getting closer to time to say good-bye to you guys?”

In 358 plate appearances this season, Beltré has hit .278/.335/.394 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. His .729 OPS would be his lowest since 2009, when he put up a .683 OPS with the Mariners. Beltré is a free agent after the season and turns 40 years old in April. It wouldn’t be surprising if he decided to call it quits after this season. If he does hang ’em up, Beltré will be — in this writer’s humble opinion — a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible five years from retirement.