Reds 0-for-6 on GG’s
The Reds had a Major League leading six finalists up for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday.
When it was all said and done, they went 0-for-6. Cincinnati’s finalists were pitcher Bronson Arroyo, first baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Drew Stubbs and right fielder Jay Bruce. Managers and coaches do the voting.
Here are your National League Gold Glove winners for 2012:
1B Adam LaRoche – Nationals
2B Darwin Barney – Cubs
SS Jimmy Rollins – Phillies
3B Chase Headley – Padres
LF Carlos Gonzalez – Rockies
CF Andrew McCutchen – Pirates
RF Jason Heyward – Braves
C Yadier Molina – Cardinals
P Mark Buehrle – Marlins
Of all of these winners — Barney beating Phillips is a little stunning. Barney had a 141-game errorless streak and a better fielding percentage than Phillips (.997 to .992). But can anyone really say Barney has more range or makes better all around plays than Phillips?
UPDATE — I will stand partially corrected on Barney. As I noted the other day, he was named a Fielding Bible Award winner last week. And that was apparently based largely on his saving 28 runs this season — the most among all MLB second basemen. But as I put on Twitter, Barney has the stats…and I have eyes. I’ve seen both play, obviously Phillips more. He makes the routine and non-routine plays.
UPDATE No. 2: Courtesy of MLB.com Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat, here is Barney on beating out Phillips:
“You don’t expect to pass a guy like Brandon Phillips,” Barney said. “He’s exceptional at what he does. He was the best in the game for a long time, and I can’t sit here and say I’m better than him or anything like that. I had a good season and I think either of us could’ve won it. Fortunately for me, I did. He very easily could have won just as easily as I could.”