Social media congratulates Adrian Beltre on 3,000th career hit

Sunday was a day to remember for Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. The 38-year-old became the 31st major leaguer — and first Dominican-born player — with 3,000 career hits, notching a double off Baltimore Orioles starter Wade Miley in a 3-0 count.

After Beltre reached the milestone, Twitter was abuzz congratulating him on his achievement.

Major League Baseball and the Rangers offered their congrats to Beltre.

Newly-minted Hall of Famer and Rangers great Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who gave his speech in Cooperstown just minutes before Beltre notched his 3,000th hit, called the likely future Hall of Famer a “great player” and a “great man” in a video congratulating Beltre.

Former players including Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones and David Ross gave Beltre a shoutout, along with current Cincinnati Reds hurler Brandon Finnegan.

Other Dallas sports teams and the Seattle Mariners, whom Beltre played for from 2005-09, extended congratulations to the 20-year big league veteran, as did retired Dallas Stars center Mike Modano.

The Fort Worth Zoo even named its new male giraffe calf in honor of Beltre.

#Beltre3K: achievement unlocked.

— Alex Tekip

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