When the book officially closes on this era of Phillies baseball, one of the key characteristics that will stick out for Charlie Manuel's teams is their exceptional defense. It's a team-wide skill and philosophy that starts at the top with Jimmy Rollins, the longest-tenured Phillie, who on Tuesday won his fourth Gold Glove, becoming just the ninth shortstop in the 56-year history of the award to do so.

Rollins' honor extends the Phillies' streak of having at least one Gold Glove winner to six seasons, and gives them their eighth defensive award since 2007. In fact, the team-wide defensive excellence dates back even further, to the early-2000s under Larry Bowa. Since 2000, Rollins' rookie year, the Phillies have finished in the top-10 in fielding percentage in 11 of 13 seasons.

It would have been impossible to accomplish so much defensively without the foundation of a slick-fielding, sure-handed shortstop.

"Being consistent [defensively] is something I've always put a lot of emphasis on," Rollins said shortly after beating out Jose Reyes, Ian Desmond and Zack Cozart for the NL Gold Glove. "And really, something that was drilled into me by two people in particular -- Larry Bowa and John Vukovich.

"They got me in at 7 in the morning ... I had to be there at 7 in the morning. And that was just to take back-hands. They hit me a truckload of back-hands, every single day, drilling it in me, drilling it in me. Vuk kept it real simple -- he said take care of business on the field, and everything will be taken care of off the field.