Phillips wins fourth Gold Glove

For the fourth time in his career, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was recognized as the best defensively at his position when he was voted as a Rawlings National League Gold Glove Award winner.

The results from the voting last month by Major League managers and coaches were revealed on Tuesday night.

Phillips previously won Gold Gloves in 2008, 2010 and 2011. This year, he was a finalist along with the Cubs’ Darwin Barney and the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis. Barney won the award last year.

I will have more soon on Reds.com/MLB.com. Through the Reds, Phillips commented on his win via a statement:

“Wow, hard work pays off. It’s an honor to have the NL managers and coaches select me to join this elite group of the league’s best defenders. If it weren’t for my Reds coaches, staff and teammates, especially Zack Cozart, for sticking with me even though I wasn’t 100 percent toward the end of the season, this wouldn’t have happened,” Phillips said. “I take pride in my defense and try to go out there to make the pitching staff feel comfortable while they’re on the mound. I like being the pitcher’s best friend. People overlook defense these days. Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships. My family and I are happy to win this award again, and this one belongs to my city, Cincinnati.”

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was also a Gold Glove finalist for the third time in his career but missed out again. D-backs right fielder Gerardo Parra took the hardware.

Click here for the complete list of winners.

4 Comments

Well deserved. This guy is a magician out there. Phillips is an outstanding defensive 2nd baseman; don’t see any better than him on any team in NL or AL. Also, he is the best defensive infielder I have ever seen on any Reds team dating back to early 70’s.

Congrat BP.  I am so proud that you are a reds player and I hope you remain on the roster for 2014.  If he doesn’t, I will stop rooting for the reds for good.

Glad for the recognition and positive news for BP! Bruce was also awesome in the outfield this year.

good job Brandon. Now if only we can get you to improve your average by about 25 points we’ll have the best hitting second baseman in all of baseball.

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