For just the third time ever a Phillies catcher has been honored with the Rawlings Gold Glove Award as J.T. Realmuto was named as the National League's top defensive backstop on Sunday.
The award was the first of Realmuto's career. He joins two-time winner Bob Boone (1978, 1979) and Mike Lieberthal (1999) as Phillies catchers to earn the Gold Glove nod.
The 28-year-old Realmuto caught 43% of base runners trying to steal and sported a .992 fielding percentage during the 2019 campaign.
Originally a 3rd round pick by Miami in 2010, Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins last off-season in a trade that sent pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart as well as catcher Jorge Alfaro last offseason.
His first season as a Phillie was remarkable, as Realmuto was named an All-Star and posted an .820 OPS in 145 games. Many members of the media and those around the game expect the Phillies to sign the righty hitter to a contract extension this off-season.
This marks the first time since shortstop Jimmy Rollins in 2012 that a Phillie has won the Gold Glove Award.