Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Phillies' Not-So-Hot Corner

The Phils are missing Placido Polanco's glove at third base.

Phillies' Not-So-Hot Corner

(Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
(Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
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How much do the Phillies miss Placido Polanco's glove at third base? A lot ... and not just because Kevin Frandsen's two-out throwing error led to the game-losing eighth-inning grand slam Thursday night.

Polanco, who happens to be the all-time leader in fielding percentage at third base (minimum 500 games), has a .990 percentage at the hot corner for the Phils this season. The other five players who have manned the position for the Phils this year are at .884. (At this point, those players would have to field 1,162 consecutive chances errorlessly to pass Polanco.)

One other thing: since rejoining the team for the 2010 season, the Phillies are 66 games over .500 when Polanco starts at 3B (186-120) and two games under .500 when he doesn't (67-69).

Hurry back, Polly!

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Here's how the Phillies fielding at 3B breaks down this season:

 Player     GS  Inn.  Ch     PO  Pct. 
 Placido Polanco     78  70   646.2   196  54   140  .990 
 Others 53  48  412.2  112  26  73     13  .884 
 Ty Wigginton 22  21  175.2  48  10  30  .833 
 Kevin Frandsen 17  17  151.0  37  10  24  .919 
 Mike Fontenot 12  77.0  25  18  .920 
 Hector Luna 7.0   1.000 
 Michael Martinez     2.0  — 
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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.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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