NOVEMBER 13, 2023 — Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., announced the winners of the Rawlings Platinum Glove™ and Team Defense Awards for the 2023 season. Andres Giménez of the Cleveland Guardians and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres each won a Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). In addition, the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers were named as this year’s recipients of the Team Defense Award.
The winners were announced on Friday, November 10 at the 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners are determined by combining votes based on an adjusted SABR Defensive Index™ (SDI) for each of the ten Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each league and from baseball fan votes worldwide.
Voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award began at the conclusion of the 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show that aired on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on November 5 and ended on November 9. Fans took to Rawlings.com to voice who they thought was the best defender in each League.
The Rawlings Team Defense Award, in its fourth year, utilizes an SDI that draws on and aggregates two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball location-based data and those collected from play-by-play accounts. SDI utilizes MLBAM’s Statcast, Sports Information Solutions data, and STATS, LLC data as well as traditional statistics with advanced analysis.
Both the Rawlings Platinum and Team Defense Awards will be presented to the athletes and their teams, respectively, at games to take place early in the 2024 regular season.
- Click here to view the final results of the SABR Defensive Index for the 2023 season
- Check out the winners of the 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards here
- Learn more about the SABR Defensive Index’s role in the Gold Glove process at SABR.org/SDI
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Originally published: November 13, 2023. Last Updated: November 16, 2023.