As previously announced, the Rangers will move forward with plans to retire Adrián Beltré’s uniform number during their series against the Athletics this weekend. It’s a fitting tribute to the longtime third baseman, who officially entered retirement following a successful and final campaign with the club in 2018.
Per MLB.com’s TR Sullivan, the retirement ceremony will take place just before the second leg of a scheduled doubleheader at 9:05 PM EDT. Commemorative bobbleheads depicting Beltré’s 3,000th career hit will be given away prior to the game, while a long list of notable Rangers players and Beltré’s former teammates — Steve Foucault, Julio Borbón, Michael Young, David Murphy, and Prince Fielder included — are expected to make appearances during the ceremony itself.
Beltré, 40, rounded out a decorated 21-season career in the majors last year, over which he carried a lifetime .286/.339/.480 batting line with 477 home runs, an .819 OPS, and 84.4 fWAR for the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers. He also earned four All-Star nominations, five Gold Glove awards, and four Silver Slugger designations in that span.
His no. 29 uniform number is the fifth to be retired by the Rangers after no. 7 (Pudge Rodríguez in 2017), 26 (Johnny Oates in 2005), 42 (Jackie Robinson in 1997), and 34 (Nolan Ryan in 1996).