The Rangers corner infielders were a step above in 2016 and Tuesday night they were recognized.
First baseman Mitch Moreland and third baseman Adrian Beltre won American League Gold Gloves, an award that recognizes defensive excellence.
It’s Moreland’s first Gold Glove honor and third baseman Beltre’s fifth, including three with the Rangers.
“I think I’m happier for him,” Beltre said of Moreland. “He’s a big reason why I won the last three. When you know you have a good first baseman it gives you the confidence to throw it however you want and you don’t worry about it.”
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Beltre is the ninth third baseman to win the award at least five times. Moreland snapped the Royals’ Eric Hosmer’s three-year Gold Glove run at first base. Moreland, who is a free agent, is the third Rangers’ first baseman to win the award after Rafael Palmeiro (1999) and Mark Teixeira (2005-06).
The award is voted on by A.L. managers and coaches. Staff members may not vote for players on their own teams.
It’s the first time the Rangers have had multiple Gold Glove winners since 2005 when pitcher Kenny Rogers and Teixeira took the honors. It’s the ninth time the Rangers have had multiple Gold Glove winners but the first time neither a pitcher or catcher was one of the two.