Adrian Beltre is a Gold Glove winner for the second consecutive year.
Beltre, 33, has won the award as an AL third baseman in four of the last six years (also 2007 and 2008 with Seattle). He was first among third basemen in the American League with a .974 fielding percentage, the second-best figure of his career (.978 in 2004). He has eight errors, his fewest ever at third base. He played in 129 games at third and got the same number of total chances as he did in 2011 (312). His last error came on Aug. 26 vs. Minnesota, which means he played his final 26 games at third without an error.
"It is nice to be recognized for what you’ve done defensively for your team," Beltre said on a media conference call Tuesday night. "This one was more tough because I went through more of a physical challenge. It is special and I’m happy to be recognized for this."
Beltre said he is feeling better after dealing with abdominal pain caused by scar tissue from a previous surgery and is not expected to have surgery.
"I’m feeling good," Beltre said. "I hope there would not be any more problems with my stomach and if it is, I hope it’s a little bit. So far I’ve ben feeling good and don’t have any issue with it. I hope that will never bother me again."
Beltre has become a fan favorite, thanks to his toughness, timely hitting and highlight-reel plays (plus an unorthodox style) at third base.
“He's the best I've ever seen,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said a week before the regular season ended. “He does everything with his hands. I've never seen a guy that just catches the ball with his hands. He moves to the ball, but he doesn't use his feet to catch balls. He catches balls flat-footed. Those are things you don't want to teach people. But he's accurate and knows what he's doing.
“He's an unorthodox guy with great hands. And I mean great hands.”
Beltre hit .321 this season with 36 homers and 102 RBIs. It was the second-best offensive season of his career in all three categories.
“I play it with a lot of love and determination that I want to make every play I can,” Beltre said. “There are probably some plays I should give up and not be as aggressive, but that’s the way I am. I want to make every play I can.”
Beltre beat out Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals and Brandon Inge of the Oakland A's. American League coaches and managers voted on the awards and could not vote for their own players.