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Adrian Beltre retires

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Legendary third baseman and future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre announced his retirement this morning.

The announcement, which was not entirely unexpected, came via an official statement through the Texas Rangers. Beltre said, “After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love.”

The game loved him back, as did fans and teammates at every stop he made throughout his 21-year career.

Beltre broke in with the Dodgers as a teenager in 1998 and played in Los Angeles for seven seasons. From there he moved on to Seattle for a five-season stint in 2005, spent a year with the Red Sox in 2010 and then spent the final eight years of his career with the Rangers. Along the way he was a four-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner. He put up a career line of .286/.339/.480, slugged 477 homers and collected 3,166 hits. The numbers aside, he was considered a team leader for most of his career and it’s hard to find a more respected figure around the game.

Beltre’s future in the game will be an interesting one. If he chooses to coach or manage, he should have many opportunities to do so. No matter what he does, we know that a little over five years from now he’ll almost certainly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Pirates release Francisco Cervelli

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The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have released catcher Francisco Cervelli. No waivers, no DFA. Just his unconditional release.

Cervelli had been on a rehab assignment in the minors in his efforts to come back from a concussion. He had been sidelined since May, and there had been no timeline for his return, but he played in a minor league game as recently as Monday.

Over the summer, however, Cervelli voiced doubts about his ability to continue catching in light of the six concussions he’s weathered over the last decade. At one point he said he could not catch again but then walked it back. Whether his release was requested and whether Cervelli plans to end his big league career is not yet known.

I’m sure we’ll hear more about this soon.

UPDATE: Um, OK. Based on this I guess it’s more of a matter of the Pirates simply not wanting him anymore: