CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 31: Adrian Beltre #29 celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive on August 31, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Hey guess what? Adrian Beltre was named the Texas Rangers Player of the Year by the DFW chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Surprised? Well, you shouldn't be. Not at all, actually.
Beltre earned the honor for the second straight season to become the first player since Michael Young (2004-05) to earn the honor in consecutive seasons after leading the American League with 199 hits, while hitting .315 with 30 home runs and 92 RBIs in 161 games, often playing in discomfort like Rangers fans have grown accustomed to see him do.
Beltre also had another fine season in the field, although he did see his streak of two straight gold gloves come to an end as he was beaten out by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. He finished seventh in the AL MVP balloting after a third-place finish in 2012.