Pittsburgh Pirates star third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes is eligible for his first Platinum Glove award after capturing his first career National League Gold Glove this season. The Platinum Glove Award debuted in 2011 and goes to the top defensive player in each league, as voted on by fans. So only one player will win the award in the National League and one in the American League.
Hayes finally broke through to win the National League Gold Glove at third base this year, dethroning 10-time winner Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals. Many argued Hayes was robbed of the award last season when he led all of Major League Baseball with 24 defensive runs saved (DRS). Arenado had 19 DRS in 2021, five fewer than Hayes. Due to Hayes missing out on the Gold Glove in 2022, he was not even eligible for Platinum Glove voting, showing a bit of a flaw in the system.
This season, Hayes tallied 21 DRS, ranking third in MLB behind Fernando Tatis Jr. and Andrew Gimenez. While a step down from last year, it was still an elite defensive performance that earned Hayes the Gold Glove. Now the 26-year-old will look to add Platinum hardware to his trophy case. Pirates fans will undoubtedly stuff the virtual ballot box to help their emerging superstar earn the fan vote for Platinum Glove.
It would be a fitting recognition of Hayes' defensive brilliance at the hot corner for the Pittsburgh Pirates given his track record.
Pittsburgh Pirates fans should head to www.Rawlings.com to vote for Ke'Bryan Hayes for the Platinum Glove Award. Voting is open now through Thursday, November 9 at 11:59 pm ET. Pirates supporters can vote for Hayes every day to help him earn the fan vote for this prestigious defensive honor. The Platinum Glove winners will be announced at the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony on November 10 in New York City.
Fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates should rally together to stuff the online ballot box daily and propel their superstar third baseman to his first Platinum Glove alongside his new Gold Glove. Voting online at the Rawlings website gives Pittsburgh fans the power to make sure Hayes gets recognized for his elite defense.