Adrian Beltre is one of Major League Baseball’s golden boys…
The 33-year-old Dominican-born Texas Rangers third baseman has been presented with a Gold Glove, an award given annually to MLB players judged to have exhibited superior individual fielding performances at each fielding position in both the National League and American League, as voted by the managers and coaches in each league.
“It is nice to be recognized for what you’ve done defensively for your team,” said Beltre, who has won four of the past six gold gloves. “This one was more tough because I went through more of a physical challenge. It is special and I’m happy to be recognized for this.”
Beltre, who was rewarded for his Gold Glove honor with a $100,000 bonus, wasn’t the only Latino baseball pro to be recognized with the coveted prize.
This year’s other Latino Gold Glove recipients include: Robinson Cano, the 30-year-old Dominican player for the New York Yankees; Carlos Gonzalez, the 27-year-old Venezuelan-born baseball player for the Colorado Rockies; and Yadier Molina, the 30-year-old Puerto Rican player for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Molina received a $50,000 bonus; Gonzalez earned a $25,000 bonus.
Here’s a full list of the 2012 recipients of the Gold Glove, baseball’s highest honor for defensive play:
|P|| Jake Peavy/
|C||Matt Wieters||Yadier Molina|
|1B||Mark Teixeira||Adam LaRoche|
|2B||Robinson Cano||Darwin Barney|
|3B||Adrian Beltre||Chase Headley|
|SS||J.J. Hardy||Jimmy Rollins|
|LF||Alex Gordon||Carlos Gonzalez|
|CF||Adam Jones||Andrew McCutchen|
|RF||Josh Reddick||Jason Heyward|