9. Brandon Phillips, Second baseman (2006-2016)
A fan favorite during his time with the Cincinnati Reds, Brandon Phillips was talented in the field and at the dish. Dat Dude BP won four Gold Gloves in his career with the Reds but also won a Silver Slugger Award during his All-Star season of 2011. Brandon Phillips comes in at No. 9 on our list of doubles leaders with 311 total.
There hasn’t been a more exciting player to watch on the field in the last 20-plus seasons in Cincinnati than Brandon Phillips. His back-handed flips to second base for a double play, diving to his left or right to snag a ground ball, and throwing a laser to Joey Votto at first base were just a few of the memorable moments during Phillips’ career in Cincinnati. But, people forget how good Dat Dude was with the lumber.
During his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Phillips hit .279, with a career-best batting average of .300 during the 2011 season. For his career with the Reds, Phillips racked up 191 roundtrippers and 851 RBIs. Brandon Phillips had some pop in his bat.
Most Reds fans will look at the team’s trade of Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 as one of the worst trades in franchise history. Fortunately, things have a way of evening out. The trade with the Cleveland Indians for Brandon Phillips, in which Cincinnati gave up “a player to be named later” (pitcher Jeff Stevens), turned out to be one of the best trades in franchise history. Phillips will likely find his way into the Reds Hall of Fame someday soon.