NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL), announced that Cleveland Indians™ shortstop Francisco Lindor and Chicago Cubs™ first baseman Anthony Rizzo won the 2016 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in their respective Leagues. The winners were unveiled tonight during the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Ceremony, where the game's defensive stars accepted their hardware from some of baseball's greatest legends.
This marks the first time since the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ started in 2011 that two first year Rawlings Gold Glove winners have won the Platinum Award.
Lindor became the first Puerto Rican shortstop and is the youngest shortstop since 1980 to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award®. He is also the youngest player to ever win the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™.
At 27 years old, Rizzo became the youngest player in Cubs franchise history to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and the Platinum Glove Award.
The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ winners are determined by combining votes based on an adjusted SABR Defensive Index™ for each of the nine Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners in each League and the votes from baseball fans worldwide.
"Now in its sixth year, the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ fan inclusion platform continues to prove that baseball fans worldwide know, value and celebrate defensive greatness," said Mike Thompson, executive vice president of marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings. "This year's fan vote greatly exceeded our expectations; with passionate fans from countries across the globe letting us know who the best defenders are in baseball."
Based on the final SABR Defensive Index, Lindor led all American League shortstops with a 18.5 SDI, and Rizzo finished the season with a 8.6 SDI.
"This year, the SABR Defensive Index and fan votes were closely aligned," said Vince Gennaro, president of SABR and chair of the SABR Fielding Committee. "More and more fans are paying attention to defensive metrics, and it seems to be influencing their votes."
Voting began at the conclusion of the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Announcement Show presented by Fanatics on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" on November 8, 2016, and ended 24 hours later. Fan discussion surrounding the Award on social media was fostered in part by some team's open campaigning for their respective nominees. ESPN's Eduardo Perez and SABR's Gennaro announced the winners live on stage during the Hollywood award show format.
Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays™ and St. Louis Cardinals™ catcher Yadier Molina won last year's Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ in each League.
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