Phillies Notebook: Jimmy Rollins notches his 2,000th career hit

Posted: September 06, 2012

CINCINNATI - Jimmy Rollins shied away from questions about whether he was proud of his legacy as a careerlong Phillies player last month, when he overtook Larry Bowa for the most games at shortstop in franchise history.

But barring injury, Rollins is on his way to becoming the franchise's all-time hits king.

After going hitless in his first two at-bats on Tuesday night, Rollins bounced a one-out double by Todd Frazier in the fifth inning for his 2,000th career hit.

Rollins is one of four players to collect their 2,000th hit as a Phillie. The other four are in the Hall of Fame: Mike Schmidt (2,234), Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Ed Delahanty (2,207).

"That's big," manager Charlie Manuel said of Rollins' accomplishment. "Jimmy's career speaks for itself. If you look at his run production, his stolen bases, his defense, his career definitely jumps out at you like a lot of Hall of Famers and big star players in the game. It's right there in front of you."

Since his first full season in the big leagues, Rollins has a 162-game average of 183 hits. If he continues on that pace, he would pass Schmidt for the franchise lead in hits early in 2014.

Rollins, who signed a 3-year contract with an option for a fourth year this winter, is the 271st player in baseball history to reach 2,000 hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rollins in the 30th switch-hitter in history to reach the feat.

Howard's fielding

Tyler Cloyd had retired six straight batters when Ryan Ludwick hit a ball to deep short on Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Rollins got to the ball and made an impressive, off-balanced, one-hop throw to first base. The ball beat Ludwick.

But Ryan Howard couldn't hang on to the ball.

It was the third time on this six-game road trip that Howard was handcuffed on a short hop at first. Howard hasn't ever been a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman, but he's had trouble with similar plays in the 2 months since returning from a left Achilles' injury.

"Sometimes on those balls thrown over, it depends on where they're hit, how far out," manager Charlie Manuel explained on Tuesday. "Like the one Jimmy threw, it was a long hop. It was far out in front of him, but Jimmy played it that way because he wanted to get the ball in time. That was one that kind of, that one, I felt like, if he was in front of it he might have had a better chance to handle it.

"Those others ones, that kind of short-hopped him, those are tough. What you try to do is you try to block those. Somebody will say, 'Well, Howard has to block that ball. Well, [gosh darn], that's easier said than done sometimes. What about the ones he does catch? Really."

Howard, who is still working back the strength in his left calf, doesn't think his defense has been affected.

"To an extent, I mean, I'm not the blazer I once was," Howard said with a laugh. "But it's not like I'm playing shortstop and you're shaded over to third and you have to run up the middle to make a play. [At first base], I can take, two, three steps to my right or a step, step and a half to my left. It's either fair, or it's foul or it's by you."

Orr rejoins team

A day after Triple A Lehigh Valley's season ended, infielder Pete Orr joined the Phillies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

The Phils added Orr to give their outfield-heavy roster another infielder. Placido Polanco is still battling lower back pain and has started only two games since being activated from the disabled list on Aug. 20.

"He's not available," Manuel said of Polanco before Tuesday's game. "He could play if he had to, in an emergency."

The Phillies have 29 players on their roster.

IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg and his pitching coach, Rod Nichols, will join the major league coaching staff when the Phillies return home on Friday.


Contact Ryan Lawrence at rlawrence@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanlawrence21.

 

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