Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been surprisingly productive this season, and he'll soon be rewarded with a new place in franchise history. Entering Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins, Rollins is closing in on both second and third places on the Phillies' all-time hit list, per Baseball-Reference.com.
However, while there's no doubt that Rollins has 2,213 career hits or that second-place Richie Ashburn has 2,217, the hit total of third-place Ed Delahanty is a bit contentious. Baseball-Reference.com has Delahanty one ahead of Rollins with 2,214 hits in a Phillies uniform, while FanGraphs and MLB.com have the two Philadelphia standouts tied at 2,213 apiece.
Of course, regardless of which number is used for Delahanty, the 1890s legend will soon be fourth on the franchise hits list. A Hall of Famer who played just 13 seasons and 1,557 games in a Phillies uniform, Delahanty couldn't reasonably be expected to rank any higher. Rollins, for the sake of comparison, is in his 15th season with the Phillies and has played 1,991 games for the team.
Things are oddly tight at the top of the Phillies' hit list, as Rollins (2,213) trails second-place Ashburn (2,217) by just four base knocks and is only 21 behind first-place Mike Schmidt (2,234), who is widely regarded as the finest player in franchise history.
Rollins may soon top Schmidt and Ashburn in the franchise record books, but the long-time Phillies shortstop probably won't be joining them in the Hall of Fame. As impressive as his career has been, Rollins owns a lifetime .269/.328/.426 slash line that just doesn't quite seem Hall-worthy, even for one of the better defensive shortstops of his time.
All statistics from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.