Rangers star Adrian Beltre‘s double to center field in the fourth inning Wednesday night against the Dodgers and their starter Kenta Maeda was career hit No. 3,090, passing Ichiro Suzuki for most by a foreign-born player in major league history.
Beltre’s 3,090th hit gave him one more than Suzuki, his former Mariners teammate who put his playing career on hold earlier this season. Rod Carew (3,053), who was born in Panama, and Albert Pujols (3,030) of the Dominican Republic are next with most hits by a foreign-born player.
Beltre, in his 21st big league season, is one of two active players with 3,000 hits, along with the Angels‘ Pujols. Suzuki is not active and won’t play again in 2018, but he says he hasn’t retired and is not closing the door to future playing opportunities.
The 39-year-old Beltre joined the 3,000-hit club last season and is 23rd on the all-time list.
Beltre missed 12 games between April 24 and May 8 with a left hamstring injury he suffered in the first month of the season. He is hitting .319 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 39 games this season.