This Brandon Phillips Behind-the-Back Flip Might Be the Defensive Play of the Year (Video)
From 2007 through 2012, the Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips was among the two or three best defensive second baseman in Major League Baseball. In 2008, at the age of 27, he won both the Gold Glove and the Fielding Bible Award, and he made the first of three consecutive All-Star Game appearances. After that he won three more Gold Gloves in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
Today Phillips is 34 years old. He’s still a good everyday player because he’s still got a slick glove and he can still handle the bat. But Phillips has definitely lost a step or two, which means he can’t quite get to some of the balls he used to.
You’d never know it judging by his performance on Monday night, though. With the Reds up 5-4 on the Cubs with two on and two out in the top of the 7th, Phillips turned back the clock to rob Jorge Soler of a base hit up the middle.
First he made a great stab on the third-base side of second. Then he flipped the ball behind his back to shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who snagged it with one hand and beat Anthony Rizzo to the bag.
What is this, 2010? That right there is a candidate for defensive play of the year.