Cincinnati Reds: Trio of Reds Players Bag Gold Gloves
On Wednesday, Bronson Arroyo, Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen took home Gold Glove awards, as it was the first time since 1977 that the Reds had multiple winners in the same season.
For Cincinnati, great glove work was a big reason in it capturing it's first NL Central title in 15 years, as team records were set for fielding percentage (.988) and fewest errors in a season (72).
Unfortunately, shoddy fielding was a big part of their undoing in the NLDS against the Phillies, but that doesn't take away from their overall reputation.
With the exception of Jonny Gomes, everyone who played on a regular basis was an average or an above average fielder.
For Rolen, who is light years better at third base than Edwin Encarnacion ever was, this is nothing new for him, as this is his eighth one.
The 35-year-old had declining production at the plate as the season advanced, but those struggles at the dish never affected his work in the field.
Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals deserves an honorable mention, and as Rolen gets older, will certainly have his opportunities as well.
At second base, Brandon Phillips is a stud, simply put.
He ate up a lot of ground balls that were seemingly destined to end up in right field, as this is his second Gold Glove.
The third recipient, Bronson Arroyo, is a tall, lanky athlete who fields his position well, and at 33 years old, is a first-time recipient.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, all three of these individuals should be in the running again next year, and Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce are improving fielders that will also get future consideration.
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