Both are switch-hitters. Both are from northern California. Both can run and both can field with the best.
Say hello to two Phillies Rawlings Gold Glove shortstops, Larry Bowa (Sacramento) and Jimmy Rollins (Oakland). Bowa won the award in 1972 and again six years later. J-Roll today was chosen as a Gold Glove shortstop for the third straight year, passing Bowa for the most trophies for a Phillies shortstop. R-Roll led all MLB shortstops with a .990 percentage.
When comparing the two defensively, there isn’t much difference, soft hands, rifle arms, lateral range and accurate throws to first base. Only difference, J-Roll is better on pop ups. Bowa, for some reason, struggled on those plays.
Other Phillies shortstops who have won the award include Bobby Wine (1963) and Ruben Amaro Sr. (1964). Both were different. Wine possessed a cannon for an arm with sure hands. Amaro was smooth, with ultra soft hands.
Two for Shane
Victorino walked away with his second straight Gold Glove. Over the last two seasons, Shane has three errors in 668 chances. Other Phillies outfielders who have won the award include Garry Maddox, Bobby Abreu and Aaron Rowand.
3B Mike Schmidt has the most Rawlings Gold Gloves among the Phillies, 10. Next are Maddox, 8; Rollins, 2b Manny Trillo and 3B Scott Rolen, three each.
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