While it is a real possibility that the glass ceiling will be shattered in America on Tuesday night, Akron Racers right fielder A.J. Andrews has already shattered a different kind of ceiling for women. Andrews, who took down the gold ceiling in August when she became the first woman to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in its 59-year history, will be honored for her feat on Friday in New York City at the Plaza Hotel during the organization’s annual presentation ceremony.
At the ceremony, the Major League Baseball winners of the award will also be recognized. Rawlings awards 18 Gold Gloves after each MLB season to honor the best defensive players in both leagues.
“I think it says a lot about what women’s sports are doing and how they’re gaining more acknowledgement,” Andrews told Excelle Sports in August after winning the award. “People are realizing just how awesome women’s sports are. To have a Gold Glove in softball, it just makes everything more real. The fact that we are professionals, the fact that it’s growing, the fact that children can grow up and play professional softball and professional sports, like men, is cool.”
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Since her historic honor, the second-round selection in the 2015 NPF draft has been recognized by the Cleveland Indians, as well as her alma mater LSU.
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In addition to her defensive prowess, Andrews also led the Racers with 15 stolen bases in 2016.