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Rollins, Victorino Win Gold Gloves

Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino each won a National League Gold Glove Award at their respective positions.  This is the eleventh time in franchise history that the Phillies have had multiple Gold Glove winners.

With the award, Rollins becomes the first Phillie to win three consecutive Gold Gloves since Mike Schmidt.  Rollins led all shortstops with a .990 fielding percentage.  His six errors were the fewest in baseball among qualified players.

Victorino wins his second consecutive Gold Glove.  Victorino had the second best fielding percentage among all outfielders (.997).

While Rollins and Victorino were honored, Chase Utley was snubbed.  Utley had a 10.8 Ultimate Zone Rating, which was the best among NL second baseman.  Orlando Hudson, the NL second base Gold Glove winner, had a UZR of -3.3.



  1. philsphan

    November 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    How about Chooch getting hosed too?

  2. Brian of CO

    November 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Where are all the so called “fans” who want to trade Victorino? LOL. So Vic screws up sometimes in certain situaions at the plate, but his glove is awesome, and he has come up with some pretty clutch hits the last few seasons. Rollins. Well, Im not surprised he got it, he was really not all that great offensively all season, though he finished the season FAR BEYOND where he started, but since he started at about the .207 range, im not sure thats much of an accomplishment, but he is a BEAST definsively. Chase Utley…WTF Are you kidding me? Hudson has a Fielding % of .988 with Utley at .984. Ok so he has a VERY slightly higher Fielding %, HOWEVER, look at the innings played. Utley had 85 more innings played. if you have THAT MANY more innings played, and still have a % only .04 lower, along with other factors, I would give it to Utley. Don’t the number of DP’s get factored in? Utley has 97 DP’s while Hudson had 77. At the same time Utley had 82 more Total Chances, along with 29 more total Put Outs, 49 more total Assists, only 4 more errors (in that 82 more chances) and a range factor .21 higher than Hudson. I just dont agree with Hudson getting it. Hes a quality fielder yes, but I still think Utley is a better fielder.

  3. steve-o

    November 11, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Utley got snubbed, but I certainly wouldn’t worry about gold gloves. 15 years down the road, we’ll all try to drive to Cooperstown for Chase Utley’s induction, while Orlando Hudson also tries to get a ticket to Utley’s induction ceremony.

    Chooch wasn’t snubbed, by the way. Yadier Molina is hands down the best defensive catcher in baseball.

  4. Brian of CO

    November 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Im sure Utley is more concerned about the 3 straight NL East, 2 straight NL Pennants and the WS Championship in ’08 he has rather than the Gold Glove he doesnt. Not to mention, steve-o is right, Hudson will be waiting in line with the rest of us to get tickets to Cooperstown to Utley. LOL.

  5. George

    November 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Obviously where the Phils are concerned, shortstop and center field are “respected” positions, but second base is not.

    Sorry, I just couldn’t help a little disrespect when it comes to using “respected” instead of “respective.”

  6. Andrew

    November 11, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Hudson lost his postion by the playoffs even. Very typical
    Happy for sahane and J roll though
    I thnk in 10 years Utley may well be seen as the greatest 2b of all time
    So its just a speed bump.

  7. Andrew

    November 11, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Ruiz is possibly the most importan player in the majors and on this team.
    In a way I wish some of you would have gotten yuor wish to see a Marson/Piazza type at catcher. It would be a disaster trust me.
    I dont watch St louis games enough to really comment on Yadier molina and who deserved it. I know that Ruiz is the engine that took this team to 2 straight series and a series win though.
    Catcher and having a good defensive catcher who controls the game and the staff is the most important thing over 162 games. Then comes defense up the middle. The phils have this covered. That Ruiz is consisatnatly the most clutch player on the team is just a nice bonus. It shows that if he could concentrate on it all year his numbers would be better. But thats a moot point. He is quite simply the man. I will say that Yadier is probably the MVP for St louis though also. I am including Howard and Pujos in that statement. notice both teams are perenial contenders.

  8. sean

    November 12, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Chooch is the most important player in the majors? You’re kidding, right. I understand he’s good with the staff, but consistant at the plate? I think we’re not crediting the pitchers enough here. Chooch sets where he wants the ball, but it’s Cliff Lee’s job to put it there. He shows up in october, thank god, but he is not the most important player in the majors by far.

  9. Phil

    November 12, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Andrew, Utley WILL NOT be the best 2B of all time. Go look at Rogers Hornsby’s numbers and get back to me. Also, look at Eddie Collins and Nap Lajoie’s while you’re at it. Joe Morgan will more than likely hold his spot at #4 unless Utley stays ridiculous for another 6-7 years. Utley will probably beat out Charlie Gehringer to be the 5th best 2B of all time, but no matter what Utley should be #6.

  10. 2010 WF FIGHTINS'

    November 12, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Phil??? How good did the Roman Empire look live? Unless you’re like 125 yrs old with the memory of a 30 yr old please stop with the Rogers Hornsby reff. Chase Utley will go down as the greatest 2nd baseman of all-time. But let’s not forget about Cano. The guy has got some real future Hall of Fame like talent, but he’s a little too arrogant. We’ll see how he continues to develope.

  11. bfo_33

    November 12, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Derek Jeter also won another gold glove – tells enough about the flawed process. Validating Shane Victorino by saying he won a gold glove is ridiculous. I like his field play and his speed (although many of his highlight plays are the result of taking a bad read on the ball, then recovering), but think his perceived value is high, while his overall game is replaceable at a pretty low price. If you could package him for a good rhp, do it. Kemp deserved the gold glove, but Vic is a decent choice.
    Utley is certainly the best all-around 2nd baseman in his era, doesn’t need a gold glove to prove it. Getting into all-time best discussions is entertaining bar talk, but difficult to prove (Morgan is the only other 2nd baseman I saw in his prime in the list above, Utley has a few more years fo high level production tomatch his stats). I thought Phillipes would get it, not a guy who didn’t even start in Sept.
    Ruiz and Molina are pretty equal all around – Molina has a better arm, better defensively, both call a good game, Chooch has more plate potential, and much better speed (plus he’s got a sense of humor). I’d take Ruiz 1st, but wouldn’t build a team around either of them.

  12. Brooks

    November 12, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Comparing Utley with Cano?

    This year Utley stole 23 bases and was not caught during the regular season or post season. Utley has 4 seasons of 100 or more rbi, 4 seasons of 100 (+) runs scored, 3 seasons of 30 (+) hrs, the last 5 seasons he has hit more than 20 hrs. Slugging percentage, OBP all in favor of Utley.

    Fielding? We see Utley on a daily basis and all agree he is one of the best we ever saw. We have not seen Cano, his fielding percentage is virtually the same as Utley’s.

    Cano, on the other hand hit more than 20 hrs this year for the first time. He has not eclipsed 100 rbi and this year had 103 runs scored playing on the most prolific offense in the AL (whatever!) – first time in his career he has scored more than 100.

    I’d say Utley has the edge on speed, power, he walks more and definitely is a leader on this team. Give Cano a very slight edge on batting average – and he strikes out less.

    Chase Utley is a main cog in the Phils offensive machine. Cano is a piece that fits. There is a difference, a huge difference. Large advantage “WFC” Chase Utley!

  13. 2010 WF FIGHTINS'

    November 12, 2009 at 7:33 am

    What we talkin ’bout? We talkin ’bout practice man! Practice? Of course Chase is the man. I hate even brining Cano’s name up. He was a ghost in his 1st WS app. I was just doing a little projecting based on Cano’s raw talent.

    Sorry, but Molina and Ruiz are not the same defns skills wise. Maybe one day Ruiz will be. But the margin is still quite wide between the two. Ruiz has got heart that’s for sure. But his pitch calling can be erractic at times. Same goes with his throws to 2nd/3rd base on steal attmpts. Molina is the best in the Bigs. His snap-throw behind the runner at 1st is sick.

  14. George

    November 12, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Amanda Orr is tops. As usual for her, when a rare error pops up in her posts, she quickly corrects it. She’s a good and diligent writer.

    Utley was snubbed, and the system is flawed. It seems as though certain winners are almost automatic repeaters. I’ve seen Utley make plays that no one else makes. Maybe voters don’t want to admit that an offensive machine can also be a defensive one. Maybe they’re afraid of giving too many honors to one player. Maybe they’re all blind.

    I agree that Victorino’s speed compensates for some poor judgement. He’s a great defender, but always looks awkward out there. At least he does finally catch up to almost all the balls he’s misread, and he’s definitely not asleep, like Werth sometimes appears to be. As far as being “replaceable at a pretty low price,” I doubt that a gold glove switch-hitter who’s batting average has improved every year, and currently stands at .293, who steals at least twenty bases and stretches singles to doubles and doubles to triples is going to be cheap. Not every player needs to hit home runs; some just need to be on base when the power boys come up.

  15. 2010 WF FIGHTINS'

    November 12, 2009 at 9:36 am

    George and Amanda sitting in a tree……. Just kidding. Amanda’s my favorite writer too…….

    Gold Glove awards like any other season award is always a popularity/wft? freak show every year. There are usually 2-3 well deserving Gold Glove winners at each position in both leagues each year.

    I have a concern as J-Roll’s range seemed to have dropped noticeably last year. And we all know Pedro’s has. The WBC probably just took it’s toll on Rollins. For me Vic’s selection(I’ll take it of course) was a little shaky. He needs to get better on catching the balls that are in front of him. Has anyone ever seen him dive forward?? I haven’t.

    With Howard improving and with BFran as a backup to Ibanez we don’t have any glaring weak spots on D. Sometimes I take that for granted.

  16. Phil

    November 12, 2009 at 10:40 am

    There are league adjusted stats you effing m0ron. Do you think if Rogers Hornsby was alive today he wouldn’t be able to do what he did then because I do? He would have the same advances to technology, weight lifting, swing mechanics, etc. I guess Babe Ruth isn’t the best baseball player, right? Hornsby played at the same time as Ruth.

    As far as the person comparing Cano to Utley…you’re a joke. Comparing Utley to Cano is like comparing A-Rod to Pedro Feliz.

  17. Georgie

    November 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Yeah, I’ll bet Pedro DOESN’T have a centaur likeness of himself on his bedroom ceiling.

  18. Dan C.

    November 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Does anyone think Howard deserved more consideration? Seems like all the analysis raved over his massive improvement at 1B this year, I thought he would get consideration.

  19. Griffin

    November 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    These Gold Glove awards are laughable. Shane did not have a very good year defensively by any metric and still won. Rollins and Tulowitzski are very close, so not argument there. But as ESPN’s Rob Neyer points out, Chase Utley has been the best defensive 2B in the majors in each of the last 5 years.

    The best player on the Phillies is still the most underrated one.

  20. 2010 WF FIGHTINS

    November 13, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    If Rogers Horns……by were alive today good sir he would be nothing more than a Keebler Elf….

  21. David

    November 14, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    How convenient that you use errors as a way of justifying Rollins and Vic as gold glovers, but then switch to ultimate zone rating for utley. Is it bc Utley had 12 errors this year? You think its crap that hudson won with a UZR of -3.3, but Vic had a UZR of -4.1 and Rollins only had a 2.7. Utley may have gotten hosed, but then again Rollins should not have won at SS. Tulowitzki should have won at SS. Kemp shouldve won instead of Vic. The gold glove awards are a total crapshoot. Jeter just won another GG. Anyone who thinks they are an accurate indicator of who is the best fielder in the league at their position is delusional. And who really cares who wins anyways.

  22. Brant Davanzo

    December 31, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Love is like playing the piano.First you must learn to play by the rules,

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