- Rawlings Gold Glove Award
:"For the award given to amateur boxers, see
Golden Gloves."In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the Major League Baseballplayer judged to have the most "superior individual fielding performance" at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each league.CNNSI.com, [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/news/2002/11/13/al_goldgloves_ap/ A-Rod breaks Vizquel's streak; AL West earns eight of nine] , accessed January 17, 2007] Managers are not allowed to vote for their own players. Eighteen Gold Gloves are awarded each year (with the exception of 2007), one at each of nine positions to a player in both the National Leagueand American League.
It should be noted that the phrase "at each position" is not strictly accurate. Three outfielders are selected, but the award does not distinguish among left, center, and right fielders. Some critics have long called for awarding a single Gold Glove for each individual outfield position, arguing that the three outfield positions are not equivalent defensively.BaseballLibrary.com, [http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/submit/White_Paul16.stm Left Field Gold Gloves] , accessed
June 14, 2007]
In 1957, the
baseball glovemanufacturer Rawlings created the Gold Glove Award to commemorate the best fielding performance at each position in baseball. A glove made from gold lamé-tanned leatherwas affixed to a walnutbase, and the Rawlings Gold Glove was born.
The most Gold Gloves ever won by a player is 17 by pitcher
Greg Maddux. Rafael Palmeiromight be considered the only designated hitterto win the Gold Glove. Palmeiro won the 1999 award with the Texas Rangers while only appearing in 28 games as a first baseman; he appeared in 135 games as a DH that season, resulting in some controversy.
Gold Glove awards also exist in other baseball leagues. For example, they are called "Golden Glove awards" in Japan.
List of winners
All-time Gold Glove Team
February 20, 2007, Major League Baseballand Rawlings announced that an All-time Gold Glove Team would be named at the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.Major League Baseball, [http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070220&content_id=1808993&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb All-time Gold Glove Team to be selected] . Accessed May 9 2007.] The team was selected by the fans. The results were announced at the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Rawlings asked 70
baseballreporters, former players and former managers to select 50 names for the ballot, from an initial selection of 250 names. [ [http://www.rawlingsgoldglove.com/Voting/Default.aspx Rawlings Gold Glove Team Quick Ballot ] ] Fans voted at the Rawlings Gold Glove website, at United States Postal Serviceoffices and at sporting goodsstores.
*Outfielders: (3 chosen)
Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Ken Griffey, Jr.
List of Gold Glove middle infield duos
* [http://www.rawlingsgoldglove.com/ Rawlings Gold Glove Award Website]
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