Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Mighty Shane

Shane Victorino is not coming up short slugging.

The Mighty Shane

Shane Victorino drives a ball down the left field line that barely stayed fair for a home run. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino drives a ball down the left field line that barely stayed fair for a home run. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Only two other qualifying Phillies 5-foot-9 or under have ever come close to producing the slugging percentage (.551) that Shane Victorino has posted so far this season.

(And special thanks to the play index at, which allows users to use height as a variable in a search. Is this a great Internet or what!?)

      George Harper     Shane Victorino     Jimmy Rollins
Position OF CF SS
Height 5-8 5-9 5-8
Season 1925 2011 2007
Slugging Pct. .558 .551 .531
Batting Avg. .349 .314 .296
Hits-AB 173-495 121-385 212-716
   Singles 113 72 124
   Doubles 35 21 38
   Triples 7 14 20
   Home Runs      18 14 30
Total Bases 276 212 380
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