Brandon Phillips wins fourth Gold Glove
Tuesday night brought good news and bad for the Reds as second baseman Brandon Phillips claimed his fourth Gold Glove but right fielder Jay Bruce was denied his first.
Phillips, who also won the award in 2008, 2010 and 2011, thanked those he played for and with this season, including double-play partner Zack Cozart, in a statement released by the team.
“Wow, hard work pays off," Phillips said (via Better Off Red). "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 led all NL second basemen in games, games started, putouts and assists while finishing fifth in fielding percentage and second in range factor.
"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," he said. "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."
Bruce was second in assists by NL right fielders with 13, two fewer than Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra of Arizona.
Bruce was also seconding fielding percentage and third in range factor.