Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Votto, Phillips Named Gold Glovers

The names of the 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners were announced Tuesday evening and two Reds made the cut. Second basemen Brandon Phillips and first basemen Joey Votto were both recognized as the league's top defensive player at their respective position. The announcement was made during a special ESPN2 telecast.

The honor came as no surprise for Phillips, who now hoists the hardware for the third time in the past four seasons. Known for his impressive range and ability to make Sportscenter's Top 10, the 30-year old ranked third among all National League second basemen in fielding percentage (.992) and was second in putouts (306).

The award is the second in two years for Votto and second overall for his career. The Canadian native led all NL first basemen in putouts (1,341), assists (173) and games played (160), and ranked third in fielding percentage (.996).

Right fielder Jay Bruce finished among the top three candidates at his position.

Reds players have now combined to win five of the league's 18 Gold Gloves in the past two seasons -- which is the most of any National League team. Bronson Arroyo, Scott Rolen and Phillips each garnered Gold Glove accolades in 2010.

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