First-Ever Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ Fan Vote Underway Best defensive baseball player to be selected by fans on Rawlings Facebook page

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the conclusion of the 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners announcement show on ESPN2's "Baseball Tonight," Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), unveiled the first-ever Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ fan vote to find out who the best defensive baseball player is among this year's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners.

"Once the Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners are announced, the 'watercooler' debate as to who is the best defensive player rages with friends, co-workers and now across the social media landscape," said Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President of Marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings.  "Since major-league managers and coaches select the 18 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, we wanted to create an outlet and an icon for the fans to voice their opinion as to who 'the best of the best' is on the diamond."

Voting began at the conclusion of the exclusive ESPN2 broadcast on Rawlings Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rawlings).  

Tuesday night's show was the first time Rawlings announced the annual defensive excellence award program in a Hollywood award show-type format.  The sporting goods company plans on expanding and refining the on-air presentation and its online media extensions.

"The Rawlings Gold Glove Award is an iconic symbol of defensive skill, dedication and execution," said Thompson.  "We wanted to elevate the anticipation for the winners' announcement, and with the inaugural Rawlings Platinum Glove Award fan vote, create an interactive forum for baseball fans around the world to be part of the award process."

To determine the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners, fans can only select one player among the nine, 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each League.  Below is the complete roster of 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each League, and the number of Rawlings Gold Glove Awards each player has won in his career:

AMERICAN LEAGUE





Pos

Player

2011 Team

Award(s) Won


P

Mark Buehrle

Chicago White Sox™

3


C

Matt Wieters

Baltimore Orioles™

1


1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Boston Red Sox™

3


2B

Dustin Pedroia

Boston Red Sox™

2


3B

Adrian Beltre

Texas Rangers™

3


SS

Erick Aybar

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim™

1


LF

Alex Gordon

Kansas City Royals™

1


CF

Jacoby Ellsbury

Boston Red Sox™

1


RF

Nick Markakis

Baltimore Orioles™

1



NATIONAL LEAGUE





Pos

Player

2011 Team

Award(s) Won


P

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers™                 

1


C

Yadier Molina

St. Louis Cardinals™

4


1B

Joey Votto

Cincinnati Reds™

1


2B

Brandon Phillips

Cincinnati Reds™

3


3B

Placido Polanco

Philadelphia Phillies™

3


SS

Troy Tulowitzki

Colorado Rockies™

2


LF

Gerardo Parra

Arizona Diamondbacks™

1


CF

Matt Kemp

Los Angeles Dodgers™

2


RF

Andre Ethier

Los Angeles Dodgers™

1



Voting for the 2011 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award will end on Monday, November 7, 2011, at 11pm ET/10pm CT.

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 Rawlings

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods in the United States.  Since the company's inception in 1887, Rawlings' mission has always centered on enabling participation by developing and producing innovative, high-performance equipment and protective apparel for the professional, amateur and entry-level player.  With an assortment of baseball, basketball, football and softball game-related product lines, Rawlings is present everywhere team sports are played.   Leagues and conferences of all skill levels integrate Rawlings' unparalleled product portfolio into their sports: as the Official Baseball Supplier and Official Helmet of Major League Baseball®, the official baseball for the NCAA®, the official football for the NAIA®, the official basketball for the NAIA, NJCAA® and AAU®, and the approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High School Federation®.  For more information, please visit rawlings.com, Rawlings' Facebook page or by phone at (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 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®, Volkl® and Zoot®; Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, 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®, Bicycle®, Billy Boy®, Crawford®, Diamond®, Dicon®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Forster®, Hoyle®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Leslie-Locke®, Lillo®, Loew Cornell®, Mapa®, NUK®, Pine Mountain®, Quickie®, Spontex® and Tigex®. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden ranks #379 on the Fortune 500 and has over 25,000 employees worldwide. For in-depth information about Jarden, please visit www.jarden.com.

SOURCE Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.



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