Everyone knew that the Philadelphia Phillies had a bad season, but now Major League Baseball has made it official. The nominations for Gold Gloves came out today, and it’s no surprise that no Phillies made the list.
It is a surprise that it is the first time since 2006 that no Phillies player is going to get a Gold Glove. It shows that this season was a disaster, especially the defense. The front office needs to come together this offseason and figure out a solution.
The Phillies finished in fourth place this season with a record of 73-89. It was their first losing record since 2002. Does General Manger Ruben Amaro Jr. or President David Montgomery see all of these firsts happening?
Changes have to be made. The Phillies’ defense used to be solid with multiple players winning Gold Gloves. The Phillies committed 97 errors this past season which was the 7th most in the National League and 12th most in all of the Major Leagues. If the Phillies want to contend for the playoffs again that number has to decrease.
Chase Utley committed the most errors on the team this season with 17, followed by Jimmy Rollins with 11. Rollins is a former Gold Glove winner so he should not be committing that many errors. Not only that, but Utley and Rollins are the veterans on the team. They should be the examples of the team and show the players how to defend the field.
This Phillies season should be forgotten. Hopefully the 2014 season will be one to look forward to with a better and stronger defense. It would be nice to see Gold Glove winners again.