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Starting at Short

Phillies starting shortstops since 1970.

Starting at Short

(Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
(Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Monday night, Jimmy Rollins played his 1,730th game at shortstop for the Phillies, tying Larry Bowa for the Phillies' all-time record. He is still seven starts away from tying Bowa for games started at that position.

Since Bowa made his major league debut in the 1970 season opener, the Phillies have played 6,793 regular season games. He and Rollins have started more than half of them (3,425). A total of 51 other players have started the other 3,368.

Here is the complete list of players starting at shortstop for the Phillies since 1970:

 Player  GS           Player  GS             Player  GS 
 Larry Bowa  1716   Rod Booker  32  Nick Punto  6
 Jimmy Rollins  1709  Mike Benjamin  30  Ken Jackson  5
 Kevin Stocker    529  Joe Millette  28  Freddy Galvis  4
 Steve Jeltz    498  Dale Sveum  26  David Doster  3
 Ivan DeJesus    436  Juan Castro  26  Abraham Nunez  2
 Dickie Thon    402  Kevin Sefcik  21  John Vukovich  2
 Desi Relaford    291  Jackie Gutierrez  15  Danny Sandoval  2
 Alex Arias    146  Kevin Elster  14  Alex Gonzalez  2
 Luis Aguayo    129  Ramon Aviles  14  Mickey Morandini   1
 Mariano Duncan     104  Derrel Thomas  13  Alan Bannister  1
 Kim Batiste      80  Ken Dowell  13  Shane Turner  1
 Tomas Perez      74  Domingo Cedeno  12  Charlie Hayes  1
 Wilson Valdez      70  Kiko Garcia  11  Placido Polanco  1
 Terry Harmon      69  Rudy Meoli  11  Greg Legg  1
 Juan Bell      65  Bud Harrelson  10  Todd Cruz  1
 Tom Foley      57  Michael Martinez  10  Miquel Cairo  1
 Craig Robinson      43  Julio Franco    8  Mike Buskey  1
 Eric Bruntlett      39  Mike Schmidt    7   
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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