|A Gold Glove statue presented to a Major|
League Baseball award winner. No mock-up
of the inaugural NPF award has been released.
A quote from Rawlings executive vice president of marketing Mike Thompson illustrates the company's view of the NPF as a whole, stating, in part, "The Rawlings Gold Glove goes to players at the very highest professional level of sport, and we really didn't have that level until recently in softball. Once we felt like the NPF was going to take root, that it was here to stay, it was an easy decision. They're every bit as good an athlete as men, it's just a different sport."
The Gold Glove will be an annual award; the inaugural winner will be announced August 18th prior to the NPF Championship Series in Tuscaloosa. Front-runners for the award figure to include Chicago Bandits first baseman Brittany Cervantes, who has not made an error in more than 200 opportunities this season, as well as Akron Racers outfielder AJ Andrews, who also holds a perfect fielding percentage and has a full highlight reel of difficult circus catches from the year.