Adrian Beltre has won the 2011 Gold Glove as the best defensive third baseman in the American League.
#29 / Third Base / Texas Rangers
Apr 07, 1979
Beltre was named a finalist, along with Tampa's Evan Longoria and Boston's Kevin Youkilis. The stats suggested that Beltre and Longoria were the best choices, and while I think Longoria would have been a defensible choice, Beltre is the guy I thought should win.
Watching Beltre play third base has been a revelation this year. Beltre does a better job making plays on balls he has to charge than just about any other player I've ever seen play the position.
The other Ranger player who was a finalist for a Gold Glove was Ian Kinsler, who was in the mix with Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano. Pedroia won.