Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. announced Thursday that it will grant the first-ever softball Gold Glove Award in its history.
The award, which will be given to a member of the NPF at the league’s annual awards banquet next Thursday, is the equivalent of the honor granted each year in Major League Baseball.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the National Pro Fastpitch League to celebrate and recognize defense with the introduction of the renowned Rawlings Gold Glove Award,” the company’s executive vice president of marketing Mike Thompson said in a release. “As we reestablish the Rawlings brand in softball, it makes perfect sense to reward female athletes for their exceptional fielding ability and prowess.”
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The Rawlings Gold Glove Award was first established in 1957 to honor the best defensive players in professional baseball.
“It is a tremendous honor for the players of the NPF to now be included in the prestigious roster of Gold Glove Award winners,” NPF commissioner Cheri Kempf said in a release.
The NPF’s regular season ends this weekend, with the playoffs beginning next Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.