Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Adds New Sabermetric Component
Rawlings' historic collaboration with SABR marries "The Art of Fielding with
the Science of Baseball™"
PHOENIX, March 8, 2013
PHOENIX, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.,
a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), announced today during the
Society for American Baseball Research's annual SABR Analytics Conference in
Phoenix a new collaboration with SABR. This collaboration will add a new
sabermetric-based component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings
Platinum Glove Award™ selection processes. This continues Rawlings' recent
amplification and expansion of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award platform that
started three years ago.
As part of the multi-year collaboration beginning with the 2013 season, SABR
will develop an expanded statistical resource guide that will accompany the
Rawlings Gold Glove Award ballots sent to managers and coaches each year. In
addition, SABR will immediately establish a new Fielding Research Committee
tasked to develop a proprietary new defensive analytic called the SABR
Defensive Index™, or SDI™. The SDI will serve as an "apples-to-apples" metric
to help determine the best defensive players in baseball exclusively for the
Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award selection
processes. The collaboration also installs SABR as the presenting sponsor of
the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award.
"The Rawlings Gold Glove Award is one of the most iconic awards in all of
sports, and has continued to evolve throughout its storied history," said Kurt
Hunzeker, senior director of brand marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings.
"By marrying the 'art of fielding' with the 'science of baseball,' our new
collaboration with SABR only cements the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and
Rawlings Platinum Glove Award as the industry standards honoring defensive
excellence at the highest level of baseball."
Since its inception in 1957, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award voting process has
included national sportswriters, a secret players-only ballot, and the current
system where each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff vote from a
pool of qualified players in their respective league, but not for players on
their own team.
Beginning in 2013, the managers/coaches vote will constitute a majority of the
Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners' selection tally, with the new SDI
comprising of the remainder of the overall total. The exact breakdown of the
selection criteria will be announced once the SDI is created later this
"SABR has a long history of being at the forefront of the sabermetrics
movement," said Vince Gennaro, president of SABR. "We are proud to bring our
expertise to bear in the selection of future Rawlings Gold Glove Award
winners, and to be a driving force behind the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award."
In 2011, Rawlings incorporated the following components into its Rawlings Gold
Glove Award selection process: a new resource guide with advanced metrics and
player eligibility parameters, the separation of the three outfield positions
to accurately reward the best defenders at each specific outfield position,
the announcement of finalists at each position, and the introduction of the
Rawlings Platinum Glove Award to honor the best defender in each League among
the Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each season.
The SDI's ability to accurately compare players from different positions will
help determine the updated Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR.
Fans will continue to have a voice during this process, once the newest class
of Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners is announced in November.
St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre won
their respective league's Rawlings Platinum Glove Award in each of the past
For more information, please visit Rawlings.com or SABR.org.
About the Rawlings Gold Glove Award®
The Rawlings Gold Glove Award^® is a registered trademark owned by Rawlings
Sporting Goods Company, Inc. The award is correctly identified as the
Rawlings Gold Glove Award. The name should not be shortened, abbreviated or
otherwise misused. Proper identification of this service mark using the
registration symbol and the Rawlings name is important to protect the
integrity of the program and perpetuate this worthy tradition. For more
information, please visit www.rawlingsgoldglove.com.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and
marketer of sporting goods worldwide. Founded in 1887, Rawlings is an
authentic global sports brand, trusted by generations of athletes from the
sandlot to the pros. Rawlings' unparalleled quality and expert craftsmanship
are the fundamental reasons why more athletes choose Rawlings, and why
Rawlings is the Official Batting Helmet and Ball Supplier of Major League
Baseball®, the official baseball of Minor League Baseball™ and the NCAA®, and
the approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High
School Federation®. For more information, please visit www.rawlings.com or by
call (314) 819-2800.
About Jarden Corporation
Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer
products with a portfolio of over 100 trusted, quality brands sold globally.
Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well
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Campingaz® and Coleman®, ExOfficio®, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, K2®, Marker®, Marmot®,
Mitchell®, Penn®, Rawlings®, Shakespeare®, Stearns®, Stren®, Trilene®, Völkl®
and Zoot®; Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Breville®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®,
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Cornell®, Mapa®, NUK®, Pine Mountain®, Quickie®, Spontex® and Tigex®.
Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden ranks #371 on the Fortune 500 and has over
25,000 employees worldwide. For in-depth information about Jarden, please
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is a non-profit organization
dedicated to fostering research and disseminating the history and record of
baseball. Founded in 1971, SABR has more than 6,500 members worldwide and has
established itself as a vibrant baseball community and a premier distributor
of ground-breaking baseball information. SABR features 60 chapters and 27
research committees, and produces three annual publications – two editions of
The Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime – in addition to other
print and e-books. SABR also hosts two annual events: the National Convention
each summer, and the SABR Analytics Conference in March in Phoenix. For more
information about SABR, go to SABR.org.
SOURCE Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.
Contact: Kurt Hunzeker, Rawlings +1-314-819-5348, firstname.lastname@example.org,
@RawlingsSports; or Marc Appleman, SABR, +1-602-343-6451 email@example.com,
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