Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Adrian Beltre earns Silver Slugger nod
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre earned more hardware for his mantle Wednesday after being named a winner of the 2011 Silver Slugger award.
Just one day after being named a recipient of his third Gold Glove, Beltre won the third Silver Slugger of his career. He was also honored in 2004 (Los Angeles Dodgers) and 2010 (Boston).
He becomes just the sixth player in either league since the award's inception in 1980 to win three times as a third baseman. The only other Texas third baseman to win a Silver Slugger was Buddy Bell in 1984.
Beltre is also one of six players to repeat as a Silver Slugger winner, joining Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano, Ryan Braun, Brian McCann, and Troy Tulowitzki.
The only other third basemen to win the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at least three times each are Mike Schmidt and Matt Williams.
Beltre is one of six players to win both awards in 2011, joining Boston's Adrian Gonzalez and Jacoby Ellsbury in the American League, along with Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki, and Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp in the National League.
In 2011, Beltre ranked among American League leaders in slugging (third, .561), homers (t-5, 32), and RBI (t-6, 105). He recorded his 300th career home run and 2,000th career hit during the season, one of just 13 active players to have surpassed each of those milestones.
He led the majors with 12 home runs in September, a club record for the season's final month and the most in a month by a Rangers batter since Mark Teixeira had 13 homers in July 2004.
Beltre hit three home runs in the Rangers' series-clinching Game 4 win in the American League Division Series at Tampa Bay, one of just eight three-homer games in postseason history.
The 2011 All-Star is the fifth player in Rangers history to win Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in one season, joining Buddy Bell (1984), Ivan Rodriguez (1994-95-96-97-98-99), Alex Rodriguez (2002-03) and Mark Teixeira (2005).