Phillips tops in fielding among all NL 2B to ever play

Reds second baseman narrowly edges Sandberg after '14 season

Phillips tops in fielding among all NL 2B to ever play

CINCINNATI -- For the time being, at least, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has the best fielding percentage among all the National Leaguers to ever play the position.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau on Tuesday, Phillips has taken over the all-time lead in fielding percentage by NL second basemen at .990 from the previous leader, Ryne Sandberg. The Hall of Famer and former Cub had a .989 career fielding percentage.

Phillips' lead in that category will be noted in the 2015 edition of the Elias record book.

Since joining the Reds in 2006, Phillips has played 1,307 games at second base. He has committed 65 errors in 6,195 total chances.

Phillips is a four-time NL Gold Glove Award winner and is a finalist for his fifth Gold Glove this season.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.