OAKLAND -- As a player who did not commit an error in 110 games in center field this season, Coco Crisp would seem to qualify as a prime Gold Glove Award candidate.

But in what will come as a shock to Oakland players and fans -- as it was to Crisp himself -- he has no chance. He wasn't even on the ballot distributed to coaches and managers, because he was deemed ineligible by the Rawlings Sporting Goods Co., which sets the guidelines and oversees the award.

According to Rawlings, which informed the A's that Crisp was ineligible after the club's media relations department asked if he had been inadvertently overlooked, the outfielder didn't meet one of two key minimum playing requirements to be considered.

Rawlings' rules state that a player must have played 95 games and 713 innings at his position by the 141st game of the season -- 67 percent in both categories. Crisp easily met the innings requirement by playing 779 innings, but he fell two games short with 93.

"I guess that's it then," said Crisp, who didn't know of his ineligibility until Wednesday. "Thanks for the news. It's still all good, though."

Had Crisp's games and innings been calculated over a full 162-full season, he would have met the minimum percentage qualification in both categories. But Rawlings sets a cutoff for its statistical guidelines after the first 141 games so ballots can be distributed to meet voting deadlines.

"We were well aware of who was on the cut line and we knew this was going to come up with somebody," said Rawlings representative Kurt Hunzeker. "Coco is a Rawlings guy, so it stung a little more just because it was him."

Hunzeker said the 141-game cutoff is 13 more thanlast season, when the cutoff was 128 games.

"That's the one wrinkle (from MLB)," Hunzeker said. "But it's a pretty big wrinkle."

Hunzeker agreed that innings played may be a more accurate indicator of a defensive player's qualifications for the Gold Glove than games played, and maintained he will push for "either/or" standards for games and innings next year.

Ultimately, Hunzeker hopes to have Gold Glove voting take place after the season. Under the current system, media relations reps from baseball's 30 teams need a time buffer to distribute and collect ballots from each club's manager and coaches. He said digital voting was offered to all teams for the first time this year, but only two teams took advantage of it.

Future improvements won't help Crisp this year, however. Gold Glove ballots already have been cast and the winners will be announced during a one-hour, ESPN2 "Baseball Tonight" primetime special on Oct. 29, which will be an off-day between Games 5 and 6 of the World Series, barring rainouts.

Rawlings has received much criticism over the years from players and media over the way the Gold Glove voting is conducted. The company still smarts from awarding a Gold Glove to Texas first baseman Rafael Palmeiro in 1999, when he started 128 games as the designated hitter and 28 games at first.

In recent years, the company has tried to improve how the best fielders are judged by closer aligning its qualifying standards to MLB's own sanctioned awards. This year, the Sabermetric Defensive Index (SDI) -- where Crisp figured to have rated highly -- was introduced as another instrument to help determine the best fielders at every position.

It was clearly Rawlings' 141-game cutoff on Sept. 8 that proved to be Crisp's undoing, since he played in virtually every game over the final three weeks.

Crisp is the first player to fall just short of the company's minimum qualifying rules. Two years ago, the defending Gold Glove winner at catcher, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, missed qualifying by one game.