For Jimmy Rollins, a season marked by an offensive surge and hustle-related riffs ended with a defensive award.
Rollins snagged his fourth career Gold Glove award Tuesday night, announced on ESPN. It's his first Gold Glove since 2009 and first since winning three straight Gold Gloves from 2007-09. A calf injury in 2010 help halt his three-year streak, and Troy Tulowitzki, injured this season, won the last two.
"I won it three years in a row and I was looking to go into my fourth and bam," Rollins said. "You can't win it playing half a season."
Voters (comprised of managers and coaches) selected Rollins over Zack Cozart, Ian Desmond and Jose Reyes, and Rollins won the award despite having the second-most errors (13) of his 13-year career. That, however, is a result of Rollins' dearth of errors in those 13 years — his 13 mistakes were the second-fewest errors among NL shortstops this season.
Rollins credited his defensive prowess to coaches early in his career, former Phillies manager Larry Bowa and position coach John Vukovich. He said they got him up at 7 a.m. most days in spring training, working on backhands and instilling him that success on the field starts with defense.
Phillies Rollins gets fourth gold glove
Courier-Post | Oct 31