With a first-inning single off of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs on Tuesday evening, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre notched his 3,061st career hit, passing Craig Biggio for sole possession of 23rd place on baseball’s all-time hits leaderboard.
Unfortunately for Beltre, he would be stranded on base that inning and the Rangers went on to lose to the Angels 11-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4 on the evening. The 39-year-old is now hitting .304/.347/.413 in 49 plate appearances on the season.
Beltre is now behind the still-active Ichiro Suzuki (3,085 hits) on baseball’s all-time hits leaderboard. Dave Winfield (3,110) is in 21st place and Alex Rodriguez (3,115) is in 20th. Beltre should be able to pass all three with a full, healthy season.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.