Since returning from the disabled list in a win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 1, Adrian Beltre has been on fire.
On Sunday afternoon, the streak continued as Beltre stretched his AL-best hit streak to 16 games as he collected four hits, an RBI double and two home runs — Nos. 300 and 301 in his 14-year career.
That puts Beltre in select company after he picked up his 2,000th career hit last week making him one of 12 active players with 2,000 hits and 300 home runs.
Remember all the hoopla when Michael Young picked up his 2,000th career hit? There were T-shirts made, everything. That's fine, Young is a career Ranger and the face of the franchise along with Nolan Ryan.
But Beltre is doing good things, and despite the fact he's played for 14 years, he's still only 32 years old.
If he can pick up another 1,000 hits and another 100 home runs (home runs shouldn't be a problem if he remains healthy), Beltre would be in even more select company.
If Beltre gets to 3,000 hits and 400-plus home runs, is he a Hall of Famer? I say yes based on his defensive prowess at third base. What do you guys say?