By Justin Adkins:
The National League Gold Glove awards were announced today, and for the third consecutive year, Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino was a winner.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the managers and coaches as one of the top defensive players in the league along with all the other deserving candidates,” Victorino said. “I take a lot of pride in my defense and this award means a lot to me.”
Victorino was the only Phillie to claim a spot on the list. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins had won each of the past three years himself, but missing about half the season cost him any chance at a fourpeat.
The Flyin’ Hawaiian led all NL center fielders with 11 outfield assists, which also tied for the overall outfield lead. Victorino committed only 2 errors in 373 total chances while playing in 143 games, posting a .995 fielding percentage.
Shane is one of only six Phillies to ever win three or more Gold Gloves. He’s in some pretty good company — legendary third baseman Mike Schmidt won 10, along with Garry Maddox (8), Manny Trillo (3), Scott Rolen (3) and as noted above, Jimmy Rollins (3).
Looking forward, the Phillies have some decisions to make regarding the roster, and a regular rumor being floated is that Victorino could be on the trade block. This award could only increase the asking price and potential return.
Full list of National League winners:
C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Scott Rolen
OF Carlos Gonzalez
OF Shane Victorino
OF Michael Bourn
P Bronson Arroyo
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