Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Inside Jimmy Rollins

Where do Jimmy Rollins inside the park home runs stand?

Inside Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins hit an inside-the-park home run to help the Phillies rout the Nationals. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Jimmy Rollins hit an inside-the-park home run to help the Phillies rout the Nationals. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Jimmy Rollins now has more inside-the-park home runs since 2000 (four) than any one else in baseball. Tied at three are Chase Utley, David DeJesus, Carl Crawford and Curtis Granderson.

He is now tied for 10th in Phillies history (since 1900):

 Player     ITP HR 
 Sherry Magee 10 
 John Titus
 Red Dooin
 Richie Ashburn
 Kitty Bransfield
 Dick Allen
 Beals Becker
 Elmer Flick
 Possum Whitted   
 Jimmy Rollins
 Shad Berry
 Mickey Doolan
 Hans Lobert
 Fred Luderus
 Roy Thomas
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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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