NEW YORK – November 8, 2019 — Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., announced that Colorado Rockies™ third baseman Nolan Arenado and Oakland Athletics™ third baseman Matt Chapman won the 2019 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in their respective Leagues. The winners were unveiled tonight during the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Ceremony, where the game’s top defensive stars accepted their hardware from some of the games past winners and Hall of Famers. This makes back-to-back Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards for both Arenado and Chapman.
Arenado, a seven-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, is the only Colorado Rockies player to win a Rawlings Platinum Glove Award. He is the first infielder to start his career with seven consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.
In his third Major League season, Chapman, who has won two Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, joins Adrian Beltre as the only two players in the American League™ to win multiple Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards since the Award’s inception in 2011.
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 ninth year, the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award continues to prove that baseball fans know, value and celebrate defensive greatness,” said Mike Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer for Rawlings. “This year’s fan vote greatly exceeded our expectations, with passionate fans from countries across the globe letting us know who they believe to be the best defenders in baseball.”
Based on the final SABR Defensive Index, Chapman was second in the American League with a 16.7 SDI, and Arenado finished with a 13.1 SDI, which was third overall in the National League.
“This year, the SABR Defensive Index and fan votes were closely aligned,” said Scott Bush, Chief Executive Officer of SABR. “We are seeing fans continue to gain an appreciation for defensive metrics and they are using this information when voting.”
Voting for Rawlings Platinum Glove Award began at the conclusion of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show that aired on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” on Nov. 3, 2019 and ended on Nov. 7th. Fans took to social media to voice who they thought was the best defender in each League. ESPN’s Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez and SABR’s Bush announced the winners live on stage at the conclusion of the Gold Glove ceremony.
- Click here to view the final results of the SABR Defensive Index for the 2019 season
- Check out the winners of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards here
- Learn more about the SABR Defensive Index’s role in the Gold Glove process at SABR.org/SDI
About the Rawlings Gold Glove Award®
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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 6,000 members worldwide and has established itself as a vibrant baseball community and a premier distributor of ground-breaking baseball information. SABR features 75 chapters and 30 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 annual events, including the National Convention each summer, and the SABR Analytics Conference in March in Phoenix. For more information about SABR, go to SABR.org.
Originally published: November 8, 2019. Last Updated: May 12, 2020.