Dewan: Adrian Beltre’s excellence

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on November 28, 2018:

Adrián Beltré’s highly-successful MLB career ended last week when he announced his retirement after 21 seasons and more than 2,900 games.

Beltré’s career began at age 19, but it took off in 2004 when he hit .334/.388/.629 with 48 home runs. That launched a career that finished with 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs. He was a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a four-time Fielding Bible Award winner. His 373 career Win Shares rank sixth among those whose primary position was third base (Mike Schmidt ranks first with 467).

Bill James devised a Hall of Fame Value Standard system that evaluates player greatness, combining Win Shares and four times’s Wins Above Replacement. A full explanation can be found in the 2019 Bill James Baseball Handbook. Here are the top five players of all-time per that system.

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Originally published: November 29, 2018. Last Updated: November 29, 2018.