Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/16/13
Adrian Beltre isn't just the best third baseman in the American League West. If you ask Texas manager Ron Washington, he's the best in the game. He doesn't have much competition in the West either, as every other team has some deficiencies at the hot corner. Here's a breakdown of third base in the West and the team rankings. Texas As good as Josh Hamilton was for the Rangers last year, Adrian Beltre ended up being the team's most valuable player. It wasn't even a fair fight either as Beltre's bat kept the Ranges offense afloat in the summer as Hamilton struggled. He finished with 35 homers, the second most of his career and also hit .321. Beltre also has no equal in the field either, as he won his second consecutive Gold Glove and was also the winner of the Platinum Glove, which is awarded to the best fielder regardless of position. Beltre, who will hit cleanup for the Rangers, was slowed by a stomach problem down the stretch last season but said it wasn't an issue when he rep...
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