By Mark Sheldon

For the fourth time in his career, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was recognized as the best defensively at his position when he was voted as a Rawlings National League Gold Glove Award winner.

The results from the voting last month by Major League managers and coaches were revealed on Tuesday night.

Phillips previously won Gold Glove Awards in 2008, 2010 and 2011. This year, he was a finalist along with the Cubs’ Darwin Barney and the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis.

With four Gold Glove Awards, Phillips is one away from tying the franchise’s record holder at second base. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan won five straight for Cincinnati from 1973-77.

“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. 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.”

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