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Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Adds New Sabermetric Component

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 summer.

"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 two seasons.

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.

About RawlingsRawlings 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 CorporationJarden 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 recognized brands, including: Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, Aero®, Berkley®, 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®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White Mountain®; and Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bernardin®, Bicycle®, Billy Boy®, Crawford®, Diamond®, Dicon®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Hoyle®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Lifoam®, Lillo®, Loew 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 visit www.jarden.com.

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 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.

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