Since begin traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2006, second basemen Brandon Phillips has been a fan favorite. In every season since, he has played in at least 140 games in each season and been fairly consistent at the plate.
This season was no different.
While some of his numbers were down, Phillips still produced for the Reds. He hit 18 dingers for the fourth consecutive season and for the first time is his 11-year career, he topped 100 RBI's in a single season. He was also named a National League All-Star for the third time in four years.
In terms of his numbers being down, it was the first time since 2005 that he failed to steal at least 10 bases. He also struck out 98 times, the most since 2007.
But throughout all that, Phillips made the most of the season which saw him make numerous defensive plays that fans are used to seeing him make as well as come up with hits when the team needed them the most.
As consistent as Brandon Phillips has been, sooner or later his numbers, in terms of at the plate, may begin to decline slightly but I don't think that will happen right away. However, "DatDudeBP" will continue to be one the best defensive second basemen, if not one of th best defensive players in Major League Baseball.
Although he called his six-year, $72.5M contract a "slap in the face", Phillips will continue to be one of the faces of the Cincinnati Reds organization. I can see another season of around 20 bombs and 100 RBI's to go along with some Sportscenter Top Play Nominees.
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