Sunday, October 21, 2012

Recapping the season of Brandon Phillips

Another year and another productive season from All-Star Brandon Phillips. The Redlegs second basemen has been the epitome of consistency throughout his seven years in Cincinnati, and the 2012 campaign was no different. He proved to be the team's most versatile player (by far) after being moved around in the lineup more times than a dish of cranberry sauce on Turkey Day. His unselfishness and good play continue to make him a fan favorite among the fan base.

Here's a look back at some notables from his season:

+ Inked a 6-year/$72.5M contract extension on April 10th, which keeps him as a Red through 2017
+ Was snubbed of a third career trip to the All-Star Game after NL manager Tony La Russa inexplicably left him (and teammate Johnny Cueto) off the roster
+ Belted exactly 18 homers for the third season in a row
+ Posted his second-highest single-season average (.281) since 2007
+ Hit .375 (9-24) with three doubles and a team-high seven RBI in the NLDS
+ Earned a base salary of $12M
+ Finished third in the league among 2B in WAR (3.5), average, runs (86) and total bases (249)
+ Batted .305 (51-167) with RISP
+ One of leading candidates to win fourth career Gold Glove Award

Fun fact: 15 of Brandon's 18 homers came in the cozy corridors of Great American Ball Park. Furthermore, all 18 came in Reds wins.

Here's a look back at the players who's seasons we have already covered:

Joey Votto
Jay Bruce

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