Adrian Beltre was awarded this week with a Rawlings Gold Glove for the 2011 season and the Texas Rangers 3rd baseman says he couldn’t be more proud of the award, the third of his career.
Speaking about the win Beltre noted:
“It means a lot” and “To be chosen as one of the best in the league defensively is a nice accomplishment. It’s part of the game I take a lot of pride in.”
The win also marks the first time a Texas Rangers third baseman player has won a gold glove since 1984 when Buddy Bell claimed the award.
Beltre earned the award after leading all third basemen in the AL with 17 defensive runs saved while also ranking first in ultimate zone rating and second in zone rating. Beltre also ranked second in fielding and third in total chances per nine innings.
The third baseman had a lot to live up to after joining the team in 2011 with a five-year $80 million contract that includes an option for a sixth year worth $16 million.
Do you believe Adrian Beltre was deserving of the gold glove for his performance this year?