In a year that saw the Cincinnati Red win for the first time forever, you knew there had to be a good chance for some hardware to be won after the season. The first such awards were announced today, with the Reds getting not one, not two, but three Gold Glove awards.
Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen won his eighth Gold Glove, while two teammates, second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Bronson Arroyo, were also honored. Phillips’ award was his second, Arroyo’s his first.
|C||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1B||Albert Pujols||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2B||Brandon Phillips||Cincinnati Reds|
|3B||Scott Rolen||Cincinnati Reds|
|SS||Troy Tulowitzi||Colorado Rockies|
|OF||Michael Bourn||Houston Astros|
|OF||Carlos Gonzalez||Colorado Rockies|
|OF||Shane Victorino||Philadelphia Phillies|
|P||Bronson Arroyo||Cincinnati Reds|
I was confident that Phillips would win the award again; he was great again this year. I’m a little surprised by Arroyo and Rolen, although they are no slouch in the defensive department. But not giving one to Jay Bruce does seem like a crime to me. Bruce’s arm was constantly a runner-stopping presence. And he stole a home run or two from hitters, as well.
There’s always next year. Plus, it seems a little silly to complain about enough Reds not being lauded. Cincinnati won the most gold gloves of any team. Imagine that, award-winning defense back in Cincinnati!