Aug 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) hits a double to center in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Phillips to Join Joe Morgan In Cincinnati Reds Record Books


Brandon Phillips is one RBI away from reaching 100 in the 2013 campaign. That one RBI is going to make history for the Cincinnati Reds and Phillips himself. First off, it will be the first time in his career that he will record 100 RBI in a season. Second, he will become only the second Reds second baseman to do this, joining Joe Morgan.

Phillips is known for his great defensive ability, making gold glove plays nearly every single night. He is still doing that for the Reds but this season he is driving in runs that are much needed. Phillips was supposed to be the two-hole hitter, but an injury to Ryan Ludwick on Opening Day made Dusty Baker make a decision. His decision was to put Phillips behind Votto and move Zack Cozart to the two-hole. It has worked out for Phillips, as he is driving in runs like crazy, but there is a reason why it has worked.

Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo are the National League’s top two on-base percentage leaders. This has allowed Phillips to come to the plate over 50 percent of the time with runners on base, which is best in the National League. Phillips has made the most of these opportunities and is second behind Paul Goldschmidt for RBI in the NL. Phillips will be joining Robinson Cano and Dan Uggla as the only second basemen with 100 RBI in a season since 2010.

Joe Morgan is among the top second baseman in MLB history, but he only once drove in 100 runs during his fabulous career. That was the 1976 season in which the Reds won the World Series and Morgan won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player Award. You don’t see a second baseman driving in a ton of runs because they are usually your two-hole or seven-hole hitter. Phillips is no Morgan, but in 2013, he will join Morgan in the history books.

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  • johnvrouse

    Phillips is no Morgan?? Elaborate, please??

    • Baseball Addicts™ ⚾

      He doesn’t have the speed. Is no where near what Morgan was as an offensive player. Maybe a little better at defense but not by much. Has a lot of work to do if he even wants a sniff at the hall of fame. He may be lucky to get 10 votes for the HOF as of right now

      • johnvrouse

        Compare their offensive numbers over their 8 seasons.. They’re almost identical.. Brandon Phillips actually passed Morgan this season in several offensive catagories for Reds second basemen.. Both in 8 seasons.. Joe was definitely on the better teams, no doubt. He received way more recognition than Phillips..

        • Baseball Addicts™ ⚾

          Morgan scored over 100 runs six straight seasons, Phillips scored over 100 twice. Morgan had an OBP over .400 six straight seasons, Phillips has never had an OBP over .400. Morgan had a slugging percentage over .490 four years, Phillips none. Morgan hit over 22 Home Runs 4 times, Phillips once. Stolen Bases isn’t even close, Morgan blows him out of the water. Morgan OPS over .850 five times, Phillips none. Morgan is the better player by a long shot…

          • johnvrouse

            Of course, he scored more runs Morgan had a much better supporting cast around him and a mans OBP is gonna be several point higher when u can’t pitch around him, and he gets better pitches to see

          • Baseball Addicts™ ⚾

            Morgan walked over 100 times, 6 times as a Red. You are losing this argument, so you might as well just stop now.

          • johnvrouse

            Well, here we go. Another “sportswriter” who has never played an inning of baseball in his life who happens to know all about the sport.. Brandon Phillips was hitting behind the likes of Drew Stubbs, Willy Taveres, and Corey Patterson.. When u have that lack of offense, and u are one of the very, very few of spots of talent on a sub-par team, u will expand your strike zone, in order to try to produce, to try and get something going that your team can get behind, and hopefully follow.. You may have heard this procedure before called “trying to rally back” .. This often did hurt Brandon more than helped obviously early in his career.. There are truth in number so here u go
            AB H Avg HR RBI
            Brandon Phillips—- 4694 1304 .278 160 664
            Joe Morgan 4973 1155 .271 152 612

          • johnvrouse

            As u can see Phillips leads Morgan in several different offensive places.. My argument isn’t that Phillips is a better all time Reds 2nd baseman, but he definitely deserves credit, and to be mentioned in the same sentence as Morgan, especially since Morgan played on possible the greatest baseball team ever assembled.. I was rude earlier, and I apologize, as a Reds fan

          • Baseball Addicts™ ⚾

            well, you are wrong again, I have played baseball my entire life and I know that Phillips is not a good offensive player. You are another “sports fan” that relies on HR and AVG instead of OBP. OBP is the most important stat for an offensive player and Phillips is terrible at getting on base. It doesn’t matter where you hit in the lineup OBP is important. Just take Votto for example. Leads NL in OBP as a three hole hitter. Phillips deserves credit as a defensive player, not offense.

          • johnvrouse

            Yes, I do think AVG is important.. So are RBIs, a category in which Phillips leads Morgan, but I guess that still does not make him an offensive player.. That makes no sense..

          • Baseball Addicts™ ⚾

            it’s RBI. Morgan batted 2nd, Phillips has been in a spot to get RBI. You have a dull baseball mind, if you think that AVG means more than OBP. Just take a look at players with a very high OBP and let me know if they are better players, than guys with a high AVG

          • johnvrouse

            You and your Billy Beane thinking process, is very boring, and like ur “sportswriting”, has several holes in it.. I DO believe that RBIssssss (plural, for u brainiacs) are more important than OBP by a long shot.. It shows what a guy does in clutch situations!! With runners on! a category in which Mr Phillips is leading this team, and in up among the league leaders.. Joey Votto does have a higher OBP than Phillips this season.. Are u saying hes having a better year??? Because Votto is definitely not having the better season.. Keep up the good work though Mr baseball… lol

          • Baseball Addicts™ ⚾

            well the correct way to write it is RBI! How do you think Phillips got all those RBI??? How is RBI more important if no one is ON BASE for him to have the opportunity to drive in runs?? Choo and Votto were ON BASE for him to have the opportunities. Phillips comes to the plate more than 50% of the time with a runner on base. Votto about 25%. Votto is having the better season, because Phillips doesn’t have the season he has had in the 4-hole without Votto and Choo hitting, and getting ON BASE ahead of him. How about runs created?? Votto leads the National League in that category because he CREATES RUNS for the Reds.