Cincinnati Reds entertainer Brandon Phillips – who said he felt “Punk’d” when Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney won last year’s Gold Glove – reclaimed his award.
The Cubs got shut out when Rawlings announced the Gold Glove winners during Tuesday night’s ESPN2 special. Phillips beat out two finalists – Barney and Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis – to win his fourth award in the past six seasons.
Paul Goldschmidt, who put together an MVP-level season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, won his first Gold Glove over Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Dodgers star Adrian Gonzalez.
It wasn’t really a surprise the National League managers and coaches voted that way. This marked Rizzo’s first full season in the big leagues, and even though offense isn’t supposed to be part of the equation, it was a down season for the 24-year-old first baseman.
Still, Rizzo’s .997 fielding percentage (five errors in 1,441 total chances) ranked third among NL first basemen. And he led all first basemen with 16 Defensive Runs Saved, showing signs of Gold Glove potential.
But Barney had a case as the reigning Gold Glove winner who led all major-league second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage (four errors in 603 total chances) and a 12.5 Ultimate Zone Rating.
Phillips finished with a .987 fielding percentage (nine errors in 715 total chances) and an 8.6 UZR and still got the hardware.
Barney was credited with 11 DRS, but that was a drop-off from the Gold Glove standard (28) he set in 2012. And hitting .208 for a 96-loss team couldn’t have helped the perception.
Phillips drove in 103 runs for a playoff team and @DatDudeBP is definitely good at creating buzz and making highlight-reel plays.