Friday, October 25, 2013

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce named finalists for Gold Glove Award

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce could soon sport golden gloves.

On Friday, Rawlings unveiled that both players are finalists for the prestigious Gold Glove Award at their respective positions.

The winners at each position for both leagues will be revealed next Tuesday during a live broadcast on ESPN2 at 8:00 PM EST.

The award is voted on by managers and coaches, but this year for the first time, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) created a new analytic, SABR Defensive Index (SDI) that will account for approximately 25-30 percent, depending on the number of ballots received. This is the third season that finalists have been announced before the award is given.

Phillips will be gunning for his fourth career Gold Glove. The Georgia native previously won the defensive honor in 2008, 2010, and 2011. Last season, Phillips was beat out by Chicago Cubs second basemen Darwin Barney. Barney and Mark Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers are the other two finalists for the award.

Meanwhile, Bruce is aiming for his first career Gold Glove Award, although he has been a finalist on three separate occasions. Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra and Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves are the other two contenders.

Both Bruce and Phillips are considered underdogs to win the defensive award.

Last season, the Reds had six players named as finalists.

Via Cincinnati Enquirer

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