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Video: Brandon Phillips turned a pretty nifty double play last night

May 11, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

Brandon Phillips is no stranger to excellent plays with the glove, but his double play against the Brewers last night was pretty ridiculous.

Phillips also pitched in at the plate, as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. His solo shot off Mike Gonzalez in the bottom of the seventh ended up being the difference in Reds’ 4-3 victory.

Hitting cleanup behind on-base machines Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto, Phillips currently leads the National League with 31 RBI. The 31-year-old has never driven in more than 98 runs in a season, but he’s on pace to obliterate that total this year.

  1. malbrecht4 - May 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    He’s pretty much the Ozzie Smith of 2B

    • steeldominance - May 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Please don’t disrespect the Wizard like that.

    • thomas844 - May 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Not to mention he can also drive in runs.

    • derklempner - May 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      …except that he needlessly does things like kneeling on the base or bare-handing the ball.

      Let’s be real, though: Brandon Phillips is a good defensive player, but his range isn’t the best and he makes routine plays look impressive because he can’t get to the ball as quickly as other second basemen.

      • malbrecht4 - May 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        What?? lol You must be a Cardinal fan. If he doesn’t bare hand the ball it would have been a FO & not a DP

      • jm91rs - May 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        You must not watch much Reds Baseball. Phillips has better range than any 2nd baseman. He plays it a little flashy at times, but the guy gets to things no one else can touch.

        So you think he could have caught that with his glove and got his foot on the bag and still got the guy out at first? He had to get his left leg on the bag to turn the DP, and the play at 1st was close enough that there’s no way he’s turning 2 if he has to pull it out of his glove.

  2. historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    That was a beauty! I have to say this chick digs some pretty defense. I could watch those kinds of plays all day.

    As an aside, it’s so adorable when players thump their chests like that after a good play. he he But then it reminds me of Celine Dion.

    • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Celine Dion is Canadian. Joey Votto is Canadian. Maybe Phillips made that Canadian gesture to Votto in appreciation of his pick up on the throw.

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        We’ve discovered their secret handshake!

      • cur68 - May 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        No you haven’t.

        /complicated gesture

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Honey, don’t confuse yourself showing off.

  3. thomas844 - May 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Best player in the National League right now.

    • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Phillips is a fine player, but he isn’t even the best player on the right side of the Reds infield.

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Finish your thought now.

      • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Okay, since people are being complete morons (Phillips isn’t in the same league as Votto), Phillips probably isn’t even the 2nd best infielder on his team. Frazier has been a better hitter since he’s been up and he’s also a find fielder. Choo has been better than Phillips this year, by quite a bit. The Reds have a lot of great players, and there is really no argument at all for Phillips to be the best one (unless you want to be simplistic and give him credit for Choo and Votto being on base all day and ignore his mediocre OBP).

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        What no math?

        Are you in a bad mood cuz there was no Jose Tigre last night?

      • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        No math is necessary. Saying Phillips is the best player in the NL is obviously false. Good as he is, he’s not even in the conversation for best player on his team.

        Last night they showed a poll of Cardinal fans who voted for “best Cardinal rookie” so far this year. Some how 35% of people voted for Kozma…then to make things worse, the announcers acted surprised that Miller got 65% of the vote and thought Kozma was more important because he plays (more or less) everyday. Which is just stupid. Kozma isn’t even in the conversation, because that conversation (even before last night’s game) involved Miller and no one else.

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Ok, don’t show your work.

      • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        No.

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Boooo!!!!

        /throws popcorn

  4. cincy85 - May 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    philips is probably the best all around player on the reds when you think defensivly and ofensivly. the guy hit 275 to 300 every year has a handful of gold gloves. i know votto and choo are better hitters but choo aint the best center fielder but he gets it done, and votto has made major strides in the last couple of years defensivly. and to say phillips dont have range your obviously not watching reds games.

  5. watchfullhose - May 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Dat DUDE

  6. stlouis1baseball - May 13, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    One the best 2nd Basmen in MLB. Can hit anywhere from (1-5).
    Take away his mouth…and what’s not to like? Dude’s a baseball player. A great one at that.

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