It's hard to remember now, but Adrian Beltre came to the Rangers as a consolation prize. After losing the 2010 World Series to the San Francisco Giants, the Rangers' No. 1 offseason priority was re-signing ace lefthander Cliff Lee. Lee chose the Phillies instead, and the Rangers spent their free-agent kitty on Beltre. During his time in Texas, all Beltre has done is solidify himself as a surefire Hall-of-Famer, the best third baseman of his generation. Last year (after the 2017 Best of Dallas issue's deadline), Beltre gave Rangers fans a moment they'll never forget, reaching one of baseball's iconic round numbers by picking up his 3,000th hit in Arlington against the Orioles. The thunderous ovation that greeted his achievement made it clear: While he may have played in Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston before arriving in Texas, Beltre is a Ranger forever.