CINCINNATI - Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was recognized as the National League's best defensively at his position when he was voted for his career fourth Rawlings Gold Glove Award Tuesday.

Phillips previously won Gold Gloves in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He was a finalist this year along with the Cubs' Darwin Barney and the Dodgers' Mark Ellis.

With four Gold Glove Awards, Phillips is one away from tying Hall of Famer Joe Morgan as the Reds franchise's record holder at second base.

"Wow, hard work pays off," Phillips said in a statement released by the Reds. "It's an honor to have the NL managers and coaches select me to join this elite group of the league's best defenders. If it weren't for my Reds coaches, staff and teammates, especially (shortstop) Zack Cozart, for sticking with me even though I wasn't 100 percent toward the end of the season, this wouldn't have happened.

"I take pride in my defense and try to go out there to make the pitching staff feel comfortable while they're on the mound," Phillips added. "I like being the pitcher's best friend. People overlook defense these days. Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships. My family and I are happy to win this award again, and this one belongs to my city, Cincinnati."

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was a Gold Glove Award finalist for the third time in his career, but missed out when Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra won the award.




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