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).
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.