Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins Are 2012 NL Gold Glove Finalists

By Cody Swartz
Howard Smith – US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Phillies will have two of their eight position players as finalists for the 2012 National League Gold Glove award

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, a three-time winner, could be in line to become the ninth player in major league history with at least four Gold Gloves at the shortstop position. He would be just the third player to do so in the National League.

Carlos Ruiz has never won the league’s top fielding award, but he has been a terrific backstopper for several years.

Ruiz led the National League in range factor per nine innings (9.76) behind the plate, finishing with a .994 fielding percentage. He threw out 27 percent of would-be basestealers, and he excelled at handling a top-notch pitching staff that throws a wide assortment of pitches.

Rollins is a 33-year old player in his 13th major league season, and he’s now the longest-tenured player in the city of Philadelphia. Rollins has never led the National League in fielding percentage, although he’s managed to finish in the top five every year of his career.

This year, Rollins was second for the second straight year and sixth time overall. His .983 fielding percentage is the third-highest career mark at shortstop in the game’s history. Rollins finished third in putouts this season (204), fifth in assists (377), and third in defensive games played at shortstop.

Rollins is competing with Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes, and Zack Cozart to win the NL Gold Glove at shortstop. Behind the plate, Ruiz is going up against Yadier Molina and Miguel Montero.

The Phillies have each of these Gold Glove finalists coming back in 2013 – they just picked up Ruiz’s option earlier today. Meanwhile, Rollins is entering the second year of a three-year deal he signed prior to the 2012 season.

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