Beltre honored with third Gold Glove Award
Third baseman is first Ranger to win since Michael Young in '08
ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre captured his third Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence, it was announced late Tuesday night.In a vote among league coaches and managers, Beltre was selected ahead of two other finalists: Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Evan Longoria of the Rays. He is the first Rangers player to win a Gold Glove since Michael Young at shortstop in 2008. "It means a lot," Beltre said. "Obviously I'm proud of my defense. It's part of my game that I take pride in. To be chosen as one of the best in the league is quite an accomplishment. Defense is not easy and there is a lot of competition out there." Beltre ranked second in the American League in fielding percentage among third basemen and third in range factor, with 2.76 chances per nine innings. STATS Inc. ranked him second in zone rating while Fangraphs gave him the highest ultimate zone rating.
AL GOLD GLOVE WINNERS
|C||Matt Wieters, Orioles||1|
|1B||Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox||3|
|2B||Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox||2|
|3B||Adrian Beltre, Rangers||3|
|SS||Erick Aybar, Angels||1|
|LF||Alex Gordon, Royals||1|
|CF||Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox||1|
|RF||Nick Markakis, Orioles||1|
|P||Mark Buehrle, White Sox||3|
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