ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been named Rangers Player of the Year in voting by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Beltre won the award for the first time after hitting .321 with 95 runs, 36 home runs and 102 RBIs for the Rangers this past season. He also played superb defense at third base, which earned him a fourth Gold Glove Award. He was the fifth Rangers player in club history and the first since Alex Rodriguez in 2001 to finish with at least a .315 batting average, 95 runs, 35 home runs and 100 RBIs. The only two other players to accomplish that in 2012 were Miguel Cabrera with the Tigers and Ryan Braun with the Brewers. He was in the top 10 in the American League in all four categories.
Beltre will be honored at the Dr Pepper Awards Show that will take place on Jan. 11 at the Arlington Convention Center. The show will be a part of the 2013 Texas Rangers Fan Fest, which will be held Jan 11-12 at the Convention Center. Tickets for Fan Fest will go on sale Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. CT at texasrangers.com/fanfest or by calling 972-RANGERS. Fan Fest will be a two-day event in 2013: Friday, Jan. 11 from 4-10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Show will be part of the Friday night activities and will take place from 8-10 p.m. Admission to the Dr Pepper Awards Show is open to all fans with a Friday Fan Fest ticket. The Dr Pepper Awards Show was held for the first time in 2012 and will include a number of award presentations to Rangers players and other baseball personalities. There will also be live entertainment and other special festivities. Fan Fest admission will be $25 for adults and $15 for children 13 and under for a one-day pass and $40 for adults and $25 for children 13 and under for a two-day pass. A limited number of Autograph Fast Passes, which guarantee the holders every autograph for every player who will be participating in the formal autograph sessions on Friday and Saturday with "front of the line" access, will also be on sale for $500 per pass (Fan Fest event tickets are additional cost). Full details and rules for the Autograph Fast Pass are posted on texasrangers.com/fanfest.
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