Throughout his 20 Major League seasons, Adrian Beltre has been one of the most magnetic personalities in baseball. Between his humorous antics and his aversion to teammates touching his head, there are few players like Beltre.And for that reason, Beltre has earned a nomination for Personality of the Year at
Throughout his 20 Major League seasons, Adrian Beltre has been one of the most magnetic personalities in baseball. Between his humorous antics and his aversion to teammates touching his head, there are few players like Beltre.
And for that reason, Beltre has earned a nomination for Personality of the Year at this year's Esurance MLB Awards after being a finalist for Best Social Media Personality in 2016.
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The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor MLB's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five groups, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: Media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, fans at MLB.com and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members.
The MLB Awards are an all-inclusive program, encompassing the top players and performances from both the American and National Leagues from Opening Day through the end of the postseason.
Voting led off with seven categories on Sept. 18 at mlb.com/awards, serving as the grand entrance of a program that will unveil nominees for Best Call, TV/Radio; Best Major Leaguer, Postseason; and Best Postseason Moment following the Fall Classic's final out. The ninth inning of voting will begin around BBWAA Awards week, which opens when the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award winners are unveiled Monday, Nov. 13. Voting for the final five categories will begin at 7 p.m. ET on the following dates:
• Best Executive: Thursday, Nov. 9.
• Best Rookie: Monday, Nov. 13.
• Best Manager: Tuesday, Nov. 14.
• Best Pitcher: Wednesday, Nov. 15.
• Best Major Leaguer: Thursday, Nov. 16.
MLB Awards season will culminate Friday, Nov. 17, when winners are announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com starting at 8 p.m. ET.
There were plenty of memorable moments for Beltre in 2017, including an episode where a home plate umpire wanted him to move in the on-deck area away from the play and on top of a mat. Instead of moving, Beltre moved the mat to where he was standing and got thrown out.
But, of course, nothing is as memorable as his outrage when teammates touch his head.
"I don't like it," Beltre said. "I never liked it. I was hoping that by now I'd get used to it because there are so many annoying people who are trying to touch it. Even at home my kids want to touch it, and I don't like it. It's a weird feeling."
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter at @benweinrib.