Machado and Simmons win Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards™

           Machado and Simmons win Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards™

Combination of international fan vote and SABR Defensive Index elect "The
Finest in the Field®"

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2013

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. a
subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), announced that Baltimore
Orioles™ third baseman Manny Machado and Atlanta Braves™ shortstop Andrelton
Simmons won the 2013 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by the Society
for American Baseball Research (SABR) in their respective Leagues. The
winners were unveiled tonight during the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award®
Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan,
where the game's defensive stars accepted their hardware from some of the
baseball's greatest legends.



Simmons won the closest vote yet in the 3-year history of the Rawlings
Platinum Glove Award, with first and third place separated by only 0.5 percent
of the total vote. The second-year shortstop and first-time Rawlings Gold
Glove Award winner edged St. Louis Cardinals™ catcher and 2-time defending
Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner Yadier Molina, 20.2 percent to 20.0
percent, with Milwaukee Brewers™ center fielder Carlos Gomez finishing third
with 19.7 percent.

Machado, celebrating his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award, earned 24.9 percent
of the overall selection tally, besting Boston Red Sox™ second baseman Dustin
Pedroia (16.1 percent) and Baltimore shortstop and teammate J.J. Hardy (14.7

This year marked the third presentation of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award
presented by the Society for American Baseball Research, and the first year
where sabermetrics was integrated into the selection process. In the previous
two years, the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners were selected solely by
fans via an online vote on Rawlings' website. The international fan vote
remains an essential component to determine the Award winner.

"When we launched the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award fan inclusion platform in
2011, we knew that baseball fans worldwide followed all aspects of the game,"
said Kurt Hunzeker, senior director of brand marketing for St. Louis-based
Rawlings. "They see the great plays on the field and follow with the same
level of avidity the advanced statistics that highlight all factors that go
into making a great play in the field. Their selection of Manny and Andrelton
– the sabermetrically best defenders in baseball this year – as 'The Finest in
the Field' only amplifies our new collaboration with SABR as an immediate and
resounding success."

Both players led numerous defensive metrics categories, including the SABR
Defensive Index (SDI). Machado's 32.4 SDI led all of baseball, with Simmons'
29.3 SDI pacing the National League™. The SDI accounted for approximately 25
percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process.

"It's exciting to see the convergence of defensive metrics and fan voting,"
said Vince Gennaro, president of SABR and chair of the SABR Fielding
Committee. "It shows that technology is allowing us to improve our
measurement and that these measures are influencing fans' choices."

Voting began at the conclusion of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award
Announcement Show presented by American Airlines on ESPN2's "Baseball Tonight"
on October 29, 2013, 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. ESPN's Karl Ravech and SABR's Gennaro announced the winners
live on stage during the Hollywood award show format.

Molina and Texas Rangers™ third baseman Adrian Beltre each won the two
previous Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards in each League.

The full list of SDIs for all qualified players eligible for a 2013 Rawlings
Gold Glove Award will be available on Saturday, November 9, 2013, on SABR's
website (

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About Jarden Corporation
Jarden Corporationis a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer
products with a portfolio of over 120 trusted, quality brands sold
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About SABR™
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 61 chapters and 28
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 annual events, including the National
Convention each summer, and the SABR Analytics Conference in March in Phoenix.
For more information about SABR, go to

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