Voting now open for the 2014 Platinum Glove Awards

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The 2014 Gold Glove Award winners have been announced. Now you can help determine who wins the 2014 Platinum Glove — given each year (since 2011) to the top defensive player in each league.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won in 2011 and 2012, but Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons took it in 2013. Both are finalists for the 2014 edition.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won the American League Platinum Glove in 2011 and 2012 before getting unseated by Manny Machado of the Orioles in 2013. Neither of them are in the running this year because neither of them won 2014 Gold Glove Awards.

Fan voting is now open at Rawlings.com. It closes next week.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.