11/11/09 4:00 PM EST
Rollins, Victorino retain Gold Glove crowns
Shortstop earns third straight; outfielder wins second award
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Rollins is the first National League shortstop to win three consecutive Gold Gloves since Rey Ordonez in 1997-99, and the first Phillie to win three consecutive Gold Gloves at any position since Mike Schmidt won nine consecutive at third base from 1976-84.
Rollins also is the fifth Phillies player to win at least three Gold Gloves, joining Schmidt (10), Garry Maddox (eight), Manny Trillo (three) and Scott Rolen (three).
Victorino is the first Phils outfielder to win consecutive Gold Gloves since Maddox won eight consecutive from 1975-82.
Rollins led Major League shortstops with a .990 fielding percentage. He committed just six errors, which were fewest in baseball among qualifying players. He ranked second in the league in games (152) and innings (1,364 2/3), fourth in putouts (212), sixth in total chances (607) and assists (389) and eighth in double plays (72).
His career .983 fielding percentage is the second best in baseball history among shortstops. Only Omar Vizquel is better with a .985 fielding percentage.
"I would like to thank the managers and coaches who felt I was worthy of a Gold Glove Award," Rollins said in a statement. "Defense is a very important part of my game and it truly is an honor to be recognized as one of the best defensive players in the league."
Victorino had a .997 fielding percentage, which was the second best in the National League among outfielders. He committed just one error, ranked sixth with 336 putouts and tied for fifth among center fielders with eight assists.
"I take a lot of pride in fielding my position, so it is an honor to be awarded with another Gold Glove this season," Victorino said in a statement. "I would like to thank the managers and coaches who voted for me and who believe that I am one of the best in a league full of outstanding players."
This marks the 11th time in franchise history the Phillies have had multiple Gold Glove winners. It is also the third consecutive year they have had multiple winners: Rollins and Aaron Rowand in 2007 and Rollins and Victorio in 2008-09.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.