Rollins Wins Fourth Gold Glove

J-Rol's outstanding defense has earned him his fourth NL Gold Glove in six seasons. Photo: AP

Congratulations are in order to J-Roll. Bob Brookover is reporting that Jimmy Rollins has won his fourth Gold Glove in six seasons. Rollins won three-in-a-row from 2007-2009 with the Phils. Rollins’ four Gold Gloves place him third behind Mike Schmidt (10) and Garry Maddox (8) among Phillies all-time.

J-Roll’s outstanding late-season, offensive surge was backed reliably all season long by his fantastic play at short. According to FanGraphs, Rollins saved the Phillies 4.4 runs this season and ranked fifth in the National League in UZR/150 among qualified shortstops. Rollins lead the NL with a .978 fielding percentage, beating out Zack Cozart, Ian Desmond, and Jose Reyes for the award.

Carlos Ruiz, the other Phillie finalist for a Gold Glove, was beaten out by Yadier Molina, who won his fifth straight NL Gold Glove.

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  1. Lefty

    October 31, 2012 at 6:10 am

    We did not have the best defensive team this season, but Jimmy was his usual steady self despite playing with several partners at second. Congrats to Jimmy Rollins.

    • Ken Bland

      October 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Whether Lefty did it purposely, or not, I like the tone of his message. He doesn’t get carried away with superlatives, simply congratulating Jimmy on the accomplishment. Never mind the long story of what a sham this award often is, further entrenched in shamhood by the fact that they are now publicizing “The Finalists”, for cryin’ out loud. Never mind the misconception about Jimmy having a “fantastic” entire season defensively, as Ian put it, let alone going so far as to call The Shortstop’s late season plate work “outstanding”. Superlatives get thrown around far too often. Jimmy had a good year. He justified year one of his contract pretty reasonably. His 2nd last part of the year at the plate was more like pretty good, outstanding seems a stretch. If his play at the position was superior to Zack Cozart or Brandon Crawford, I’d be surprised. He won the award. Congratulations are in order. But let’s not get carried away. Words like great should be reserved for special moments, like the one we’ve reached signifying this response is through, and that is truly GREAT news.

  2. DCmikey

    October 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

    How tight was the Molina Ruiz race?

  3. Ken Bland

    November 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I see where the financially beleagured Inquier is running another in it’s daily series of fan polls. I swear, I’d be .5 decent at runninng that editorial content for those boys. Not that that’s why they be’s financially troubled. This particular poll actually serves good purpose. Never mind that 79% of a thou respondents or so are looney tune enough to vote yes, Jimmy Shortstop deserved the gold, focus instead on the fact that it led to a never dull Jimmy press conference. At that point, the most prolific prognosticator in Phillie history offered up his 2013 preview after perhaps oversimplifying the World Champion Giants recent success.

    “A healthy year, that’s all we need,” he said. “Just having guys being healthy. When guys are healthy we perform. That’s the way it is. And it’s not just having guys at certain points in the season; it’s having them for the whole season. … When we’re healthy, we’re still one of the best teams out there in the NL and all of baseball too.”

    Jimmy, perhaps pressed to follow up on his celebrated 2007 “Team to Beat” take fell from grace in Ott9 when he warned the world the Phils would beat Interlocking NY in 6 before the Fall Classic. If we discount a handful of misremembered quotes since, maybe we can use this one as the tiebreaker in determining Jimmy’s evaluation skill set. Well, geez, if the Phils don’t use any band aids at all year.

    I actually think Jimmy’s quite the sharp baseball observor. I don’t think it’s rah-rah-sis-boom-bah cheerleading, easy out that no injuries leaves, but I’m still kind believe it when I see it. But I suspect a lot of Jimmy’s key mates share his view, which is probably a good start. It’d be fun to remind that Washington bunch who’s still the boss.

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