Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips may not win Teammate of the Year for 2010, but you've got to give him credit for being honest.
First off, he had the whole incident that fired up the Cardinals, calling them "little bitches " and now when asked about the MVP, he's not even picking his own teammate.
Appearing on 104.3 the Fan in Denver (via SportsRadioInterviews.com ), Phillips picked the hometown boy -- Carlos Gonzalez over Joey Votto for MVP.
He was asked who is the MVP and said this:
"You want to know the truth, man? I'm a very honest, blunt person and honestly I believe CarGo is the man. He's hitting .340 … he's chasing the triple crown. If he leads in most of the categories of the triple crown, you've gotta lean that way. But it's not over 'til it's over." Phillips' Cincinnati teammate is tied with Gonzalez for the RBI lead (100) and is also tied in home runs (32). Gonzalez has a better average (.337) and slugging percentage (.614) but Votto leads the league in on-base percentage (.423) and OPS (1.013). Gonzalez's on-base percentage is .374. But that doesn't mean much to Phillips, a lead-off man who has in the past said , "I don't believe in that on-base percentage stuff. That's overrated to me. If you get hits, you'll be on base. That's what it's about."
Gonzalez does lead the NL in hits (173), while Phillips and Votto are tied for sixth (156).
You gotta give Phillips credit for honest -- if not diplomacy, but we already knew that wasn't one of his strong suits.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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