Beltre and Molina Repeat Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ Wins
ST. LOUIS, MO – November 12, 2012 – During the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles event in New York Friday night, Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH) unveiled the 2012 recipients of the fan-selected Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ in each League: Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.
Both winners won the inaugural Rawlings Platinum Glove Award in 2011.
After securing 38 percent of the vote in route to his 2011 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, Molina dominated this year’s field of National League™ Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, capturing 71 percent of the fan vote. Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen (11%), and Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney (10%) – both first-time winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award – rounded out the top three.
Beltre received 24 percent of the international fan vote to repeat his Rawlings Platinum Glove Award in the American League™, besting Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon (12%) and Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones (11%) for the honor.
To determine the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners, fans could only vote for one player among the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each League, as selectedby Major League Baseball® managers and coaches.
Voting began at the conclusion of the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners announcement show on ESPN2’s “Baseball Tonight” on October 30, 2012, and ran for one week. Fan discussion surrounding the Award on social media was fostered in part by some team’s open campaigning for their nominee, including San Diego’s #VoteChase and Pittsburgh’s #VOTECUTCH Twitter campaigns. ESPN’s Karl Ravech announced the winners live on stage during the Hollywood award show format.
“Last year’s Rawlings Platinum Glove Award voting – and its open and spirited debate on social media – proved what we always knew: fans have a very vocal opinion on who they believe is “the best of the best,” said Kurt Hunzeker, senior director of brand marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings.
Rawlings established the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 1957 as the greatest measure of fielding excellence. The award is presented annually to 18 players plus ties – one for each position – in both the American and National Leagues. Winners are selected by Major League Baseball managers and coaches prior to the conclusion of the regular season. Managers and coaches may not vote for players from their own club and can only vote for players in their own league.