Rawlings has released the official changes to Gold Glove voting, largely dealing with qualifications.
Most notably, there will no longer be three Gold Gloves awarded to players in a catch-all outfield position, as previously reported. Now, one individual award will be given to a left fielder, center fielder and right fielder. Players who rove around the outfield will qualify at the specific outfield position where he played the most innings provided it was a minimum of 75 percent (475 innings) of total innings at the specific position.
Here are the rest of the qualifications:
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To qualify for consideration for a particular position, a player must have played a minimum number of games at that position:
- A catcher must have played in at least half of his team’s games by his team’s 128th game (a minimum of 64 games);
- All infielders and outfielders must have played in at least 55% of his team’s games by his team’s 128th game (a minimum of 70 games);
- All infielders and position-specific outfielders must also have played in the field for at least 525 innings in those minimum 70 games;
- Outfielders with more than 55% of total games played but without 55% at one specific outfield position qualify at the specific outfield position where he played the most innings if he played a minimum of 75% of his total innings (a minimum of 475 innings at the specific outfield position);
- All pitchers must have pitched in at least 128 innings by his team’s 128th game.