VIDEO: Adrian Beltre collects 3,000th career hit

It was a long time coming.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre finally reached the long-awaited milestone, collecting the 3,000th hit of his major league career Sunday afternoon.

With one out in the fourth inning agaist Orioles starter Wade Miley, Beltre lined a double down the left field line to become the 31st player ever with 3,000 hits.

Adrian Beltre became the 31st player to reach 3,000 hits in his career.

Adrian Beltre became the 31st player to reach 3,000 hits in his career.

(Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports)

After the hit, his teammates and family came onto the field to congratulate him on his achievement.

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The 38-year-old, who seems destined for Cooperstown, is the first player to reach the milestone since August 2016 when Ichiro Suzuki did it.

Adrian Beltre celebrated on the field with his family and teammates after his 3,000th hit.

Adrian Beltre celebrated on the field with his family and teammates after his 3,000th hit.

(Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports)

Beltre is also second among active players in hits, behind only Suzuki’s 3,060. Albert Pujols, who checks in at third with 2,911, should get there before the end of the 2018 season.

Joining the 3,000 hit club is just the latest in a long, successful career for Beltre. Entering Sunday, Beltre has slashed .310/.387/.538 for his career with 454 home runs while also playing stellar defense throughout his big-league tenure, as evidenced by his five Gold Gloves.

While the Hall of Fame seems inevitable, the third baseman could still add a World Series championship as well as join the 500 home run club before his career is over.

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