I really liked Adrian Beltre. He was a superior defensive third baseman and a solid hitter. Heck, I don't think I've ever seen a player handle a slow roller as effortlessly as he does. Sure, his 2004 offensive outburst with us looks like a timely anomaly that came just as a big contract was set to come down the pike. Was it just a stroke of great timing and luck, or was something else at play? Who knows? And frankly, I don't care anymore. All I can say is that it was a pleasure to witness that season.
Seen here is my 1999 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition autographed card of Adrian Beltre.