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Rollins takes home fourth Gold Glove Award

Rollins takes home fourth Gold Glove Award

Rollins takes home fourth Gold Glove Award
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins has been one of the best shortstops in baseball for years.

He got a little hardware Tuesday to prove it.

Rollins won his fourth National League Gold Glove Award. He previously won in 2007, '08 and '09 to rank third in franchise history with four Gold Gloves. Only Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt (10) and center fielder Garry Maddox (eight) have won more.

Rollins' career .983 fielding percentage at shortstop ranks third in baseball history behind Troy Tulowitzki (.985) and Omar Vizquel (.984). His .978 fielding percentage this season led the NL. He committed just 13 errors in 594 chances.

Good year, right?

"Good and average," Rollins said by telephone late Tuesday night. "I felt I did a lot of things good. I scored 100 runs, which is something I wanted to do. I stole 30 bags. Those are just benchmarks I have to reach every year. Obviously, winning the Gold Glove is just an affirmation to the work I do every day at shortstop. But obviously I would like to hit .300 and score 150 runs. There's always room [for improvement] ... every athlete, no matter how good a season they have, there's always room. When you have a season where you did good in some places and some places you could do better, it just leaves a lot more out there to continue to work for."

It was an interesting year for Rollins. He hit .250 with a .316 on-base percentage, his lowest OBP since 2009 (.296). He popped out in the infield 42 times, which led the big leagues, and got benched once for not hustling.

But Rollins played stellar defense, and compare his numbers to other shortstops in the game and an argument can be made he remains one of the best shortstops in the Majors.

Here is how he ranked among all shortstops in Major League Baseball:

• Third in WAR (4.9).

• Fifth out of 21 qualifying shortstops with a .427 slugging percentage.

• First in runs (102).

• Second in home runs (23) and walks (68).

• Third in RBIs (68) and doubles (33).

• Tied for fourth in triples (5).

• Sixth with a .743 OPS.

But Tuesday was about defense. Rollins gave some credit to former Phillies manager Larry Bowa and former third-base coach and infielder John Vukovich, who died in 2007.

"Being consistent is something I've always put a lot of hard work into," Rollins said. "It was something drilled into me by Larry Bowa and John Vukovich. I've taken that approach every single day. That hasn't changed. The proof is in the pudding."

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was a finalist, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won the award for NL catchers.

Night in Paris event: Rollins can celebrate his fourth Gold Glove on Nov. 12, when The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania host "A Night in Paris" at the National Constitution Center.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Chef J.C. Nunez will provide an "authentic culinary experience," paired with premium wine tastings and cigars from La Aurora. Three hundred attendees are expected, including celebrity guests from the Phillies, Eagles, Union and others. Special guests from "Dancing with the Stars" will perform at 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania works in collaboration with local and statewide efforts to develop an approach to child abuse prevention that is locally based and statewide in coverage. Its mission is to prevent abuse and neglect of all children before it happens.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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