To Adrian Beltre supporters:
1999 84 R, 15 HR, 67 RBI, .275/.352/.428, 780 OPS
2000 71 R, 20 HR, 85 RBI, .290/.360/.475, .835 OPS
2001 59 R, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .265/.310/.411, .721 OPS
2002 70 R, 21 HR, 75 RBI, .257/.303/.425, .729 OPS
2003 50 R, 23 HR, 80 RBI, .240/.290/.424, .714 OPS
2004 104 R, 48 HR, 121 RBI, .334/.388/.629, 1.017 OPS
2005 74 R, 22 HR, 93 RBI, .261/.304/.432, .736 OPS (projected #'s)
Now focus on those numbers for a second. Really take a minute to look at them. Do you see something strange there? Anything just jump out at you at all? Anything? Keep looking, perhaps it will come to you. Maybe it's like one of those magic pictures where an image appears if you focus long enough. Or maybe it's right there in front of your face, like it is for everyone else in the world.
Seriously, think of all the 3Bs available next year who should be taken ahead of Adrian Beltre:
Miguel Cabrera (if he qualifies)
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'