Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers fields a ball hit by Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
There are guarantees in this world, and then there is Adrian Beltre.
The Texas Rangers third baseman has long been one of the game's best defensively, and he showed that again in 2012, making play after play at the hot corner. He was rewarded for his efforts on Tuesday when it was announced he had won his second straight Gold Glove award. It's the fourth Gold Glove of Beltre's career, as he won two previously with Seattle.
Beltre led American League third basemen with a fielding percentage of .974 while committing a league- and career-low eight errors while making plays like this one against Baltimore in the AL Wild Card Game.
"They're all special," Beltre told MLB.com. "It's nice to be recognized for what you've done defensively for your team. But there's no doubt this was a tough year. I didn't play as much on the field as I wanted to, but I'm still happy to be recognized."
Two more Rangers were up for the award, but Elvis Andrus (shortstop) and David Murphy (left field) both came up short after being named as finalists at their respective positions.