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Gold Glove awards return to MiLB05/18/2011 5:35 PM ET
Minor League Baseball
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. today announced that they will once again honor Minor League players at each of the nine fielding positions for defensive excellence. The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® recipients at the Minor League level will be selected among qualifying players from the 10 domestic-based, full-season leagues. Terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed.
"Winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award is one of the most prestigious honors a player can have bestowed upon them," Minor League Baseball president, Pat O'Conner, said. "We are proud to partner with our longtime friends at Rawlings in recognizing Minor League players for their outstanding defensive play."
"Defense is the cornerstone of the Rawlings brand, and we could not be more excited to introduce Minor League athletes into the exclusive legion of Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners," said Mike Thompson, Rawlings senior vice president of marketing. "Our longstanding partnership with Minor League Baseball enables us to celebrate defense at every elite level of play."
The St. Louis, Mo., based company named a Minor League all-star fielding team on the basis of official fielding averages for several years in the 1960s. Recipients of the Rawlings Silver Glove Award, as it was known at the time, include Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson and longtime Baltimore Orioles shortstop Mark Belanger. Anderson was selected in 1963, when he played second base for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the International League. Belanger, who played all but one of his 18 Major League seasons with Baltimore, was the shortstop on the 1966 Rawlings Minor League team, thanks to his play with the International League's Rochester Red Wings.
For more information, please visit rawlings.com or Rawlings' Facebook page, or call (314) 819-2800.