Earlier this season J-Roll passed Ed Delahanty and Richie Ashburn on the Phillies all-time list for hits. Barring a blizzard or injury, he’ll pass Michael Jack Schmidt for the#1 position as he needs only five more hits.
This will be quite an accomplishment. We’ve had some terrific memorable moments during the first 10 years of Citizens Bank Park. As far as individual milestones, Jimmy moving into the top spot may be the top milestone. Ten years ago June 14, Thome hit his 400th career home run, certainly a monumental milestone.
What do Delahanty, Ashburn and Schmidt have in common? All are Hall of Famers. Will Jimmy join them in Cooperstown? If he keeps piling on more impressive numbers, who knows.
J-Roll’s first hit came on September 17, 2000, his first major league game: Wearing #29 and batting second, 3rd-inning triple off Florida’s Chuck Smith at Veterans Stadium.
Drew a walk in his first at-bat. Triple came in second AB.
Number of the Day
6—Shortstops who lead their clubs in career hits:
Luke Appling, Chicago White Sox (2,749)
Bert Campaneris, Oakland A’s (1,882)
Tony Fernandez, Toronto Blue Jays (1,583)
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (3,370*)
Cal Ripken Jr, Baltimore Orioles (3,184)
Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers (3,142)
*Through June 9.
Source: Elias Sports Bureau
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 3-1, to Indianapolis, Greg Smith (4-5) losing his fifth in a row. He gave up three runs on three hits in the first inning but the LV offense couldn’t muster any kind of offense. LF Steve Susdorf, 2 hits, lone RBI.
Reading ended a five-game losing streak, 8-5, over Richmond on RF Peter Lavin’s three-run double in the eighth inning.
Clearwater blanked Daytona, 2-0, behind Ryan Demmin (1-0) and fifth save for Jordan Guth. INF Brandon Short, first HR. Threshers won back-to-back games for the first time since May 5-6, matching their longest winning streak.
Lakewood fell to 1-10 vs. Hagerstown with a 5-3 setback in 12 innings. RF Dylan Cozens, 8th home run, matching LV’s Jim Murphy for the most in the Phillies minor leagues.
Williamsport begins its season on Friday hosting State College;
Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.
June 10, 1972: To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3. The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.
June 10, 1975: 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate. Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.
June 10, 1981: Another great moment in Vet history. 1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader. Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats. Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386. Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.