Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Rollins Run

Rollins has scored 12.5 percent of the Phillies runs since his ML debut.

The Rollins Run

When Jimmy Rollins made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 2000, he walked in his first appearance and then scored the game's first run on a Bobby Abreu homer. Since that point, the Phillies have played exactly 2,000 regular season games and have scored 9,252 runs, and Rollins has been the one to touch home plate 1,200 times, 12.97 percent of the Phils' total.

The Phils' leaders in runs scored over those 2,000 games:

 Jimmy Rollins
 Placido Polanco  
 Chase Utley
 Jayson Werth
 Ryan Howard
 Carlos Ruiz
 Bobby Abreu
 Mike Lieberthal
 Pat Burrell
 Jim Thome
 Shane Victorno  
 Raul Ibanez
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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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