It is the second consecutive Gold Glove Award for shortstop Jimmy Rollins and the first for center fielder Shane Victorino.
(From a Phillies news release) Despite missing 25 games due to injury, Rollins, 29, led all NL shortstops with a .988 fielding percentage in his 132 starts. In 593 total chances, Rollins committed only seven errors, the fewest among shortstops in the league. Victorino made a career-high 138 starts for the Phillies (134 in CF, 4 in RF), leading the team's outfielders with a .994 fielding percentage. The 27-year-old, who also missed time this season due to injury, committed only two errors in 337 total chances. Among all NL center fielders, he ranked fourth in fielding percentage, tied for fourth in assists (7) and sixth in total chances and putouts (314).
Beerleaguer: I knew it. I knew Vic would get one. And I'm all for it. Sure, he's unwieldy. He isn't from a textbook. But nobody defends his turf quite like the Flyin' Hawaiian, who also has a laserbeam for an arm. Vic's really built himself into a complete Major League player. As for Rollins, who had a down year with the bat, 2008 was one of his best with the leather. Certain fielding annuals, which will remain nameless, have downplayed his outstanding defense is the past. These claims are absolutely bogus. J-Roll is one of the best. Smart, intuitive, quick, strong and cool.