After two straight AL Gold Glove awards at third base, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre saw his streak come to an end on Wednesday, and his reign as the league's best third baseman might be over.
That's because 21-year-old Manny Machado claimed the award in his first full season with the Baltimore Orioles. Machado finished the season with 13 errors, but led the league (not just third basemen) in several geeky sabermetric numbers such as defensive runs saved (35), total zone rating (32) and ultimate zone rating (31.2).
Beltre had another good year at third base, but at times you could tell his age and numerous ailments might have been catching up with him. He tallied 14 errors after combining for 19 over the previous two seasons when he was the Gold Glove winner.
Beltre is still one of the league's top defenders at arguably the toughest defensive position, maybe aside from catcher, but he might not be the best anymore, not with the 21-year-old Machado now in the picture.