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Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz announced as a 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Finalist

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), today announced that for the second consecutive year, ESPN2 will air the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Announcement Show on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 9pm ET/8pm CT.  The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League™ and National League™, as voted by major-league managers and coaches.

Guest presenters Sandy Alomar, Jr. and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Andre Dawson and Ozzie Smith will unveil the winners during the announcement show.

Changes implemented into the award program last year remain for 2012, including the separation of the three outfield positions and the unveiling of the top-three finalists plus ties at each position.

A number of players are vying for the designation as the best defender at his position, including 21 past recipients and 11 reigning Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners.  The Cincinnati Reds™ lead all teams with six finalists, including reigning Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto.  The battle for National League pitcher includes three former winners of the award: Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo (2010 NL winner), Miami’s Mark Buehrle (3-time AL winner with the Chicago White Sox™) and defending NL winner, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers™.

The longest, active consecutive streak of Rawlings Gold Glove Award wins belongs to St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina with four, beginning in 2008.

Each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their League, and cannot vote for players on their own team.  The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists are:


         Pos                Player                                          2012 Team                                                

         P                    Jeremy Hellickson                     Tampa Bay Rays™

                               Jake Peavy                                  Chicago White Sox™

                               C.J. Wilson                                  Los Angeles Angels™ of Anaheim


         C                    Alex Avila                                   Detroit Tigers™

                               Russell Martin                            New York Yankees™

                               A.J. Pierzynski                            Chicago White Sox™

                               Matt Wieters                             Baltimore Orioles™


         1B                 Adrian Gonzalez                        Boston Red Sox™

                               Eric Hosmer                               Kansas City Royals™

                               Mark Teixeira                            New York Yankees™


         2B                 Dustin Ackley                             Seattle Mariners™

                               Robinson Cano                          New York Yankees™

                               Dustin Pedroia                           Boston Red Sox™


         3B                 Adrian Beltre                             Texas Rangers™

                               Brandon Inge                             Oakland Athletics™

                               Mike Moustakas                        Kansas City Royals™


         SS                  Elvis Andrus                               Texas Rangers™

                               J.J. Hardy                                     Baltimore Orioles™

                               Brendan Ryan                            Seattle Mariners™


         LF                  Alex Gordon                              Kansas City Royals™

                               Desmond Jennings                    Tampa Bay Rays™

                               David Murphy                            Texas Rangers™


         CF                  Austin Jackson                           Detroit Tigers™

                               Adam Jones                                Baltimore Orioles™

                               Mike Trout                                 Los Angeles Angels™ of Anaheim


         RF                  Shin-Soo Choo                           Cleveland Indians™

                               Jeff Francoeur                           Kansas City Royals™

                               Josh Reddick                              Oakland Athletics™



         Pos                Player                                          2012 Team                                                

         P                    Bronson Arroyo                        Cincinnati Reds™

                               Mark Buehrle                            Miami Marlins™

                               Clayton Kershaw                       Los Angeles Dodgers™


         C                    Yadier Molina                            St. Louis Cardinals™

                               Miguel Montero                        Arizona Diamondbacks™

                               Carlos Ruiz                                  Philadelphia Phillies™


         1B                 Freddie Freeman                      Atlanta Braves™

                               Adam LaRoche                          Washington Nationals™

                               Joey Votto                                  Cincinnati Reds™


         2B                 Darwin Barney                           Chicago Cubs™

                               Aaron Hill                                   Arizona Diamondbacks™

                               Brandon Phillips                        Cincinnati Reds™


         3B                 Chase Headley                           San Diego Padres™

                               Aramis Ramirez                         Milwaukee Brewers™

                               David Wright                              New York Mets™


         SS                  Zack Cozart                                 Cincinnati Reds™

                               Ian Desmond                              Washington Nationals™

                               Jose Reyes                                  Miami Marlins™

                               Jimmy Rollins                             Philadelphia Phillies™


         LF                  Ryan Braun                                 Milwaukee Brewers™

                               Carlos Gonzalez                         Colorado Rockies™

                               Martin Prado                             Atlanta Braves™


         CF                  Michael Bourn                           Atlanta Braves™

                               Andrew McCutchen                 Pittsburgh Pirates™

                               Drew Stubbs                              Cincinnati Reds™


         RF                  Jay Bruce                                    Cincinnati Reds™

                               Andre Ethier                              Los Angeles Dodgers™

                               Jason Heyward                          Atlanta Braves™


Following the ESPN2 announcement telecast, voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ will begin at, allowing the general public to weigh in as to who is “The Finest in the Field®” in each League.  To determine the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners, fans can only select one player among the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each League.

The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles on Friday, November 9, 2012, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, with Jerry Seinfeld entertaining this year’s Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients and key executives in the industry, and Joe Piscopo serving as the master of ceremonies.

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