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Brandon Emil Phillips

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[edit] Biographical Information

On August 1, 2007, Brandon Phillips stole second and third base on the same pitch, while the infield shifted for Adam Dunn. No one knows if this has ever happened before, but presumably it at least equaled a record. On September 5th, he hit his 28th homer of the season, breaking Joe Morgan's record for a Cincinnati Reds second baseman. He ended the season with 30.

Phillips was the starting second baseman and second-place hitter for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He returned to the All-Star Game after a one-year absence in 2013, being voted the starting second baseman by fans. He was in negotiations for a renewal of his contract with the Reds at that time and received a lot of negative publicity for calling the Reds' offer of $72.5 million a "slap in the face", as it was much smaller than the $225 million offered to Joey Votto over 10 years in 2012.

After the 2015 season, the Reds sought to trade him as part of a major rebuilding. A tentative deal was reached with the Washington Nationals in December, but it fell apart as Phillips vetoed it as a ten-year veteran who had played the last five seasons with the same club.

Phillips brother, P.J. Phillips, played in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization from 2005 to 2011. A sister, Porsha, played college basketball at Louisiana State University.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 3-time NL All-Star (2010, 2011 & 2013)
  • 4-time NL Gold Glove Winner (2008, 2010, 2011 & 2013)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2011)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (2007-2009)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2007)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2013)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (2007 & 2010)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bob Nightengale: "Votto, Phillips: Same team, different approaches", USA Today Sports, March 23, 2015. [1]

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