Tuesday night Major League Baseball announced the 2011 winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove awards.
Gold Gloves are handed out annually to the best defensive player at each position in the American and National leagues. The winners are determined by the votes of managers and coaches.
The Cincinnati Reds were fortunate enough to see two of their players honored. First baseman Joey Votto received his first award and second baseman Brandon Phillips was honored for the third time.
During Tuesday's edition of "Reds Hot Stove League," Reds hall fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman expressed very strongly that he felt Jay Bruce is the National League's best defensive outfielder.
"(Jay Bruce) Should have won it last year," Brennaman said. "There is no better right fielder defensively in this league than Jay Bruce."
While Bruce is an outstanding right fielder, Andre Ethier, this year's National League Gold Glove winner in right field, is very deserving and did enjoy a more successful season than Bruce as evidenced in the chart below:
Player Fielding % Errors Assists Total Chances Games
Ethier 1.000 -0- 8 251 126
Bruce .988 4 10 320 155
For now, the Reds will have to live with the fact that they have a very good right fielder who is not yet reached the top echelon of defensive prowess.