Cincinnati Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips was voted as the best defensive second basemen in the National League for the fourth time in his career as he was named a recipient of the Rawlings National League Gold Glove Award.
He was named the winner Tuesday evening and was joined by Darwin Bailey of the Chicago Cubs and Mark Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers as finalists at second base.
In a statement released by the Reds, Phillips thanked his teammates and and felt honored for the Award.
"Wow, hard work pays of. 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. 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."
He also was the winner of the award in 2008, 2009, and 20011, and now just sits one award away from tying Joe Morgan's franchise record a five.
Right Fielder Jay Bruce was also a finalist at his position but was beaten out by Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Below is a list of the National League Gold Glove Winners.
|P||Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals|
|C||Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals|
|1B||Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks|
|2B||Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds|
|3B||Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies|
|SS||Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves|
|LF||Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies|
|CF||Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers|
|RF||Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks|
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