Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Has Rollins Pushed Utley to Return?

Jimmy Rollins is climbing up the Phillies all-time HR chart.

Has Rollins Pushed Utley to Return?

Chase Utley can see Jimmy Rollins climbing up the Phillies home run chart (AP).<br />
Chase Utley can see Jimmy Rollins climbing up the Phillies home run chart (AP). AP

The staff here at BoopStats thinks we know the real reason that the return of Chase Utley is merely hours away ... The Phillies' second baseman can feel the hot breath of Jimmy Rollins on his neck as the shortstop closes in on Utley's home run total.

With four home runs in his last five games, Rollins (178) is within 10 of Utley (188). (Full disclosure — through Monday, Rollins has played 599 more games than Utley.)

Rollins, who has been 13th on the club's all-time HR list since Aug. 18, 2010, is just two dingers away from tying Willie Jones for 12th place and seven away from tying Johnny Callison for 11th.

Here are the Phillies' top 30 home run hitters of all time (current players in bold):

 Rk.   Player   HR               Rk.   Player   HR
   1.  Mike Schmidt  548     16.  Darren Daulton  134 
   2.  Ryan Howard  286    17.  Von Hayes  124
   3.  Del Ennis  259    18.  Andy Seminick  123
   4.  Pat Burrell  251    19.  Gavvy Cravath  117
   5.  Chuck Klein  243    20.  Stan Lopata  116
   6.  Greg Luzinski  223    21.  Don Hurst  112
   7.  Cy Williams  217    22.  Granny Hamner   103
   8.  Dick Allen  204    23.  Jim Thome  101
   9.  Bobby Abreu  195    24.  Juan Samuel  100
 10.  Chase Utley  188    25.  Jayson Werth    95
 11.  Johnny Callison    185    26.  Dolph Camilli    92
 12.  Willie Jones  180    27.  Deron Johnson    88
 13.  Jimmy Rollins  178    28.  Shane Victorino      87
 14.  Mike Lieberthal  150    29.  Garry Maddox    85
 14.  Scott Rolen  150    30.  Fred Luderus    83
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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