Adrian Beltre is no stranger to MVP races. The Texas Rangers' slugging third baseman finished second in the NL MVP voting in 2004 following his monster year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he finished ninth in the AL MVP voting in 2010 after his one and only season with the Boston Red Sox.
When all is said and done this season, it's looking like Beltre will once again feature prominently in the AL MVP voting. He's no spring chicken anymore at the age of 33, but Beltre is in the middle of yet another excellent season.
And right now, nobody in baseball is hotter than he is.
Beltre is coming off a week that saw him hit three home runs in one game and then hit for the cycle in another. These performances caught the eyes of baseball fans from all over, but Rangers fans will vouch that Beltre has been a hero all season, not just last week.
It's high time he got some love in my weekly AL MVP rankings. Scroll ahead to see where he ranks in the top five this week.
Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.