No shocker here: Adrian Beltre was named as the 2012 winner of the American League Gold Glove Award on Tuesday night.
The Rangers' third baseman was recognized for the fourth time in his career and for the second straight season. He was the only Rangers winner, as finalists Elvis Andrus and David Murphy missed out at shortstop and left field.
Beltre had to battle through a series of injuries to his quadriceps, shoulder and intestines to extend his defensive excellence.
"They’re all special," Beltre said. "There’s no doubt this one was more tough because I went through more physical challenges. I’m just happy to be recognized for this nice award."
Beltre said that the scar tissue that started to rub against his intestines late in the season is feeling better, and surgery is not planned. He didn't mention the health of his shoulder.
But he did say that he was surprised that Andrus didn't win the award this year. Beltre, though, said that Andrus will be honored "sooner than later."
As for rating his own abilities, Beltre said he is only average or a little above average.
"I love playing my position," he said. "I want to make every play I can. There are some plays maybe I should give up a little bit, but just the way I am I want to make every play I can.
"I don't see myself as that good. I just want to help my team win and help my teammates."
-- Jeff Wilson