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Adrian Beltre Sets Hit Record For Latin American Born Players

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With his second-inning double Thursday afternoon off Oakland Athletics starter Daniel Mengden, it was the 3,054th career hit for Texas Rangers third baseman and Domincan Republic native Adrian Beltre, which set a new Major League record for Latin American born players.

Rod Carew of Panama was the previous hit record holder for Latin Americans.

Later in the same game, Beltre recorded an eighth-inning single, tying Rickey Henderson for 23rd on MLB’s all-time hit list with 3,055 (which he has since surpassed).

Beltre, who’s 39 and in his 21st Major League season, acknowledged his milestones after the game:

“It means a lot, obviously. We grew up watching those guys play in the big leagues. I never thought I would be mentioned with those guys. Obviously, for me it is humbling. Hard to believe because I grew up with those guys. Obviously, it’s because I have been playing a long time and I have been lucky enough to stay on the field.

“I don’t know how long I will stay up there. There are a lot of guys coming up behind me. But to get that is something I am proud of.”

 

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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