CINCINNATI -- Winning a Gold Glove Award is nothing new for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips - he's done it four times now.
For the fourth time in his baseball career, Phillips was voted as a Rawlings National League Gold Glove Award winner. The award was given to Phillips based on his defensive performance at second base.
As Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reported, the votes of Major League managers and coaches made the call, which put Phillips as the winner over Darwin Barney of the Cubs, and Mark Ellis of the Dodgers.
Phillips also claimed the win in 2008, 2010 and 2011. With just one more Gold Glove, he will be along Hall of Famer Joe Morgan for the MLB's record holder at second base. From 1973-77, Morgan won five straight Gold Gloves, Sheldon reported.
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The Reds released a statement, where Phillips said, "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 [shortstop] 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."
Sheldon reported that right fielder Jay Bruce fell short to the Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra for the Gold Glove.
For the first time, the voting process included input from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), which "formally incorporated sabermetrics as a component" of the award, Sheldon said.
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