Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two Grand, The Polanco Way

How Placido Polanco's 2,000 career hits break down.

Two Grand, The Polanco Way

Placido Polanco recorded his 2,000th career hit on Monday. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Placido Polanco recorded his 2,000th career hit on Monday. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

He was sitting on 1,999 hits for eight plate appearances, but Phillies infielder Placido Polanco finally reached the two grand mark with a two-run, eighth-inning home run (right) to seal a 5-1 victory over the Astros Monday.

Polanco becomes the 17th active player (and the 269th all-time) to reach 2,000.

By the way, five of his last 11 hits have gone for extra bases.

Here are Polanco's career numbers by team:

   Career    Phillies  Cards  Tigers
 Years  15  7  5  5
 Games  1752  631  489  632
 Hits  2000  732  462  806
 At-Bats  6655  2503  1563  2589
 Avg.  .301  .292  .296  .311
 Singles  1539  557  365  617
 Doubles  327  119  69  139
 Triples  32  6  13  13
 Home Runs   102  50  15  37
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