Reds' Phillips still not over losing Gold Glove to Barney

Reds' Phillips still not over losing Gold Glove to Barney
February 18, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

Darwin Barney has always been known for his defense, but the Cubs second baseman took that a step further in 2012, when he tied the all-time record for consecutive errorless games.

He burst into the Gold Glove conversation, despite the fact Brandon Phillips of the Reds had taken home two straight awards at second base, and three of the last four.

Barney's record-tying performance earned him the accolade, much to Phillips' chagrin.

Here we are, three months later, and Phillips still isn't ready to let it go.

"Was I surprised? Yes. I don't get mad at things I really can't control," Phillips told Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay this weekend (h/t BleacherNation). "But I was very surprised I didn't see my name. I thought I was getting punked when I heard about it. That's the way it is."

Barney's Gold Glove was definitely not something out of an Ashton Kutcher show, as Baseball Reference credited him with 3.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for his defense alone. By the same measure, Phillips earned 1.6 WAR.

Back in September, Phillips told CSNChicago's Patrick Mooney he thought he should win the Gold Glove. He also said he knew nothing about Barney's streak.

"What, he has one or something? Oh, really, that's cool," Phillips said. "That's nice. Honestly, I've been too busy winning."

As for why he thinks Barney beat him out for the NL Gold Glove, Phillips believes his flair rubs managers and coaches -- who vote for the Gold Glove -- the wrong way throughout the league.

"The only thing I can do is go out and play the game the way I do," Phillips told Fay. "I do it with flair because baseball is a boring game...Do I think that's one of the main reasons I didn't win the Gold Glove? Yeah, I can say that."