Jimmy Rollins passed leader Mike Schmidt on Saturday for the most hits in the history of the Phillies, a franchise that was established in 1883. Yes, the image is there of the line drive single to right in the fifth inning. But, the forever memory took place when Schmidt entered the field to congratulate the new Phillies hit king.
As soon as the ball landed in right field, Schmidt came out of the dugout, headed for home plate to pick up the historic bat. First time a Hall of Famer was a bat boy. Right after all of J-Roll’s teammates congratulated him at first base, Schmidt took Jimmy’s left arm and raised it, signifying the baton had been passed. It was the same gesture Schmidt did with Jim Thome during the closing ceremonies of Veterans Stadium in 2003.
Schmidt was genuinely excited about Jimmy breaking his record. It was evident in his body language, comments and smiles. Speaking of smiles, Jimmy flashed his infectious smile endlessly.
Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty held the Phillies record when his career ended in 1901; Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn broke it 58 years later; Hall of Famer Schmidt broke it 30 years later and Jimmy became the all-time leader 25 years later.
Over 113 years, the crown went from Ed to Richie to Mike to Jimmy, who will wear it for a long, long time, I believe.
Shane Victorino: “Congrats to my big brother, Jimmy Rollins on becoming the all-time Phillies hit leader. 2,235 and counting. Proud of you bro.”
Charlie Manuel: “Congratulations Jimmy on the knocks record. You are the Toy Cannon.”
Number of the Day
29: Uniform number Rollins wore in his major league debut on 9/17/2000, a game in which he got his first hit.
Did You Know?
Thome hit his milestone 400th home run on June 14, 2004, at Citizens Bank Park. Jimmy got his 2,235th milestone hit exactly 10 years later at home.
Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley took two of three at Rochester. WPs: Brad Lincoln (4-3), Phillippe Aumont (2-1); SV: Luis Garcia (8-9). OF Steve Susdorf, 5-12, 2B, HR, 4 RBI.
Reading won two of three in Altoona. WP: Hoby Milner (5-3). Seth Rosin had a SV and a win. LF-2B Albert Cartwright, 6-14. CF Aaron Altherr extended his hitting streak to 12 games; average has increased from .191 to .245.
Clearwater had a three-day break for the All-Star Game. 1B-DH Art Charles was Clearwater ASG representative.
Lakewood lost all three to Hickory. 3B Cody Asche, 3-7, double, 3 homers, five RBI in three games. Cody is scheduled to continue rehab tonight at Lehigh Valley.
Williamsport won yesterday after dropping the first two games of the season vs. State College. David Whitehead won his pro debut yesterday, 8-2, 6 hitless innings, 0 runs. CF Cord Sandberg, 6-13.
June 16, 1998: PH Mike Lieberthal hits a 3-run, game-winning home run to cap a 7-run ninth inning that gives the Phillies an electrifying 8-7 win over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium.
Today: RHP Salome Barojas (57), RHP Bob Miller (88) . . . Tuesday: RHP Luis Peraza (72) . . . Wednesday: RHP Paul Brown (72), LHP Taylor Phillips (81) . . . Thursday: RHP Hank Mason (83), LHP Don Ferrarese (85) . . . Friday: C Paul Bako (42), INF Juan Castro (42), RHP Mike Grace (44), OF-CH Gary Varsho (53), SS Dickie Thon (56) . . . Saturday: RHP Brad Moore (50), RHP Dave Downs (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Roy Thomas (61), OF Mike Anderson (63).
I’ll be signing my book (<a Today, All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.