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The Phils starts the 2016 season with the bullpen blowing a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, before losing the game to the Reds, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils begin the 2016 campaign with their bullpen blowing their first late-inning lead as they give up five runs in the bottom of the eighth, as they lose to the Reds in Cincinnati, 6-2.

The Reds took an early lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, via Zack Cozart’s lead-off double, and with nobody out, Eugenio Suarez hits a ground ball to shortstop Freddy Glavis, who then throws to first, as Cozart heads for third base. The throw eludes first baseman Ryan Howard for a missed catch error, allowing Cozart to score from third base on the error by Howard for the game’s first run, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Suarez would be safe at first on the error. The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Galvis would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. It would stay that way as the Phils’ opening day pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson, would pitch six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, followed by Jeanmar Gomez, who would pitch a scoreless inning. But then the wheel came off in the bottom of the eighth as the Reds loaded up the bases via a lead-off walk by Adam Duvall, a double by Scott Schebler, sending Duvall on to third base, and a walk by Billy Hamilton, and with nobody out, Cozart would hit a sacrifice fly to right for the inning’s first out, scoring Duvall from third base, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Schebler up to third base and Hamilton on to second base, thanks to how deep the ball went. Two batters later, after Suarez is walked to reload the bases, Joey Votto would hit an RBI single, knocking in both Schebler and Hamilton, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead, while moving Suarez up to second base. The Reds then made it a 6-2 lead two batters later, after they had reloaded the bases as Brandon Phillips is hit by the pitch, moving both runners up a base, and with still one man out, as Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, knocking in Suarez and Votto, while Philips would go on to third base, before attempting to score on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error, but is thrown out at the plate by a throw from Galvis, with catcher Ruiz putting on the tag, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score as J.J. Hoover would come in to pitch the top of the ninth, throwing a 1-2-3 inning, getting Peter Bourjos to ground out for the game’s final out.

Jeremy Hellickson received a no-decision in spite of pitching six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, while striking out six. Jeanmar Gomez received his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. David Hernandez (0-1, *.**) took the lost as he pitched to just third batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. James Russell committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Hector Neris pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while also hitting a batter. Raisel Iglesias also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Jumbo Diaz pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Tony Cingrani pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Ross Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he’d faced. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Cesar Hernandez leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double. Maikel Franco followed with a single, Carlos Ruiz with a single, Freddy Galvis with a home run (two RBIs) and the Phils’ starter Jeremy Hellickson with a single. The Phils also had a walk in the game (Odubel Herrera). The defense would perform one double play while committing two errors, a missed catch error by Ryan Howard and a fielding error by Herrera.

After taking yesterday off, the Phils and the Reds will continue their three-game series in Cincinnati with a night game tonight at Great American Ball Park. The game is to begin at 7:30 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Aaron Nola (0-0, -.–) who will be starting his first game of 2016, having ended 2015 with a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 3.59, in 13 starts. He will be trying to give the Phils their first victory of 2016, as well as gain his first win of the season. The Reds will counter with Brandon Finnegan (0-0, -.–) who had a record of 5-2 last season, pitching for both the Royals and the Reds, with an ERA of 3.56, in 20 games, four of which were starts. He will also be going for his first win of 2016, as well as trying to give the Reds the series win. The Phils will be trying for their first victory of the young season, as they hope the bullpen won’t blow another late lead.

The Phils take the series from the Reds after being shutout in the opening game by the score of the 3-0, as an offensive outsburst leads to their winning the final two games by the scores of 12-1 and 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the weekend series from the Reds, losing the series’ opener, 3-0, before busting out the bats to win the final two games by 12-1 and 8-3.

On Friday night, the Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Devin Mesoraco hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Billy Hamilton, who had had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Skip Schumaker’s single, then went to third on Brandon Phillips’ fly out to center field, and Schumaker, who had earlier singled, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would calm down for the next six innings, giving up only one more hit, while the Phils’ bullpen would blank the Reds’ offense for the final two innings, as Reds’ pitching would keep the Phils off the scoreboard for a second straight game, only giving up six hits, before Aroldis Chapman recorded his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 3.96) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo and Roberto Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Hernandez) and a walk (Hernandez) between them, while striking out four (Bastardo (3), Hernandez (1)). Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2,45) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Manny Parra collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Aroldis Chapman received his second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Cody Asche (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Singles) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz had the Phil’s other hit, a single. The Phils also had two walks (Jimmy Rollins, John Mayberry, Jr.) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

On Saturday night, the Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Zack Cozart, a walk by Brandon Phillips and an infield single by Todd Frazier, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Ryan Ludwick hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Frazier at second base for the game’s second out, as Cozart scores, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Phillips moved up to third base, and Ludwick would be safe at first. The Phils, after having been kept off the scoreboard for 23 straight innings, would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Cody Asche hits a two-run double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s double, and Byrd, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Dom Brown followed with a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Asche. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamel’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as, after Ruiz had moved up to second base on Logan Ondrusek’s wild pitch, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Phils then increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, after Ruiz had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, and then Utley and Howard both walked, and then Byrd hits into a force out, 1-2, as Ruiz is forced out at the plate as catcher Tucker Barnhart touches the plate, while the runners both moved up a base, and Byrd would be safe at first, and with one man out, Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while moving up a base both Howard and Byrd, leaving the bases still loaded. The Phils then blew the game wide open as Brown followed with a bases clearing double, knocking in Howard, Byrd and Asche, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. The Phils then took an 11-1 lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, thanks to catcher Barnhart’s passed ball, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it an 12-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits a solo home run, hit first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and pitch a scoreless ninth, getting Skip Schumaker to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (1-2, 4.40) got the win, the 100th of his major league career, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Papelbon) between them. Homer Bailey (3-3, 5.44) took the lost as he lasted just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only two. Logan Ondrusek pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Sean Marshall pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Sam LaCure pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils would bang out thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double), Cody Asche (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Double, Home Run, 5 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Cesar Hernandez (Home Run, RBI), Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Utley, Ryan Howard (2), Asche, Gwynn) and a sacrifice bunt (Cole Hamels) in the game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Reds once again took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brandon Phillips hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Billy Hamilton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Chris Heisey’s walk, then stole third base, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Heisey, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, would stay at second base. The Reds would increase their lead two batters later, with a man still on second, and now with two men out, Devin Mesoraco hits an RBI double, knocking in Heisey, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. The Phils get a run back in their half of the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all as Wil Nieves followed with a home run of his own, his first home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Cliff Lee, who had started the inning off with a single, was safe at second base on Rollins’ fielder’s choice grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier, beating the throw to the bag, and then moving up to third base on Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Rollins, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, then moved up to second base on Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as Marlon Byrd hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then broke the game open as Cody Asche followed with a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Howard and Byrd, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Reds would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Ludwick, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-3, as Mesoraco, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, would score on second baseman Utley’s fielding error of Neftali Soto’s grounder, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Todd Frazier, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.18) gets the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Mike Adams collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Tony Cingrani (2-3, 3.76) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, three walks and a balk, while striking out seven. Manny Parra pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jonathan Broxton pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Wil Nieves (Single, Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the Phils’ final RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had five walks (Rollins (2), Ryan Howard (2), Mayberry), a sacrifice bunt (Nieves) and a runner caught stealing/picked off (Asche), while the defense committed an error (Utley).

The Phils (19-22, 5th) have the day off today.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: On-Based Percentage Champions.

In its 128-year history as a member of the National League, the Phillies have won twenty-one on-base percentage titles. Thirteen Phils have won the title, with five of them winning it more than once.

The first Phil to win the title was Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton, who did in it 1891 with a .453 percentage. He would win the second and third title to be won by a Phil player by winning it two years in a row, in 1893 and again in 1894, with on-base percentages of .490 and .521, respectively. Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty would become the second Phil to win the team’s fourth title, the fourth in five years, by winning it in 1895 with an on-base percentage of .500. The next Phil to win the title would be Roy Thomas, who would win the Phil’s fifth and sixth titles in 1902 and 1903, with marks of .414 and .453. The fourth Phil to win the title, the team’s seventh, would be Sherry Magee, who would win it in 1910, with a .445 percentage. The fifth Phil to win the title would be Gavvy Cravath, who won the title in 1915, the year that the Phils won their first National League title and in 1916, with marks of .393 and .379. It would be fourteen years before another Phil would win the team’s tenth title, which would be done by Lefty O’Doul in 1929 with a mark of .465. The seventh Phil to win the title would be Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, who would win the team’s eleventh title in 1933, the year that he won the batting triple crown, by posting an on-base percentage of .422. The eighth Phil to win the title would be Dolph Camilli, who would win the title in 1937 with a .446 percentage. The next Phil to secure the title would be Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who would win the title in 1954, 1955 and 1958, with percentages of .441, .449 and .440. The tenth Phil to become the on-base percentage leader would be Dick Allen, who would win the title in 1967 with a .404 mark. Pete Rose would become the eleventh Phil to win it, winning the team’s seventeenth title in 1979 with a .418 mark. The twelfth Phil to win the title would be Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, who would it in the strike-shortened year of 1981, 1982 and 1983 with marks of .435, .403 and .399. The thirteenth, and at the moment last, Phil to win the title would be Lenny Dykstra, who won the team’s twenty-first title in 1990 with a .418 mark. No Phil has won the title since then.

Of the twenty-one titles won by the Phils, eleven of them, or almost half of them, have been won by Hall of Famers, with Billy Hamilton, Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt each winning three titles, while Ed Delahanty and Chick Klein would win the other two titles. Roy Thomas and Gavvy Cravath, other than the three Hall of Famers, have won more than one title, with each man winning two titles. The Phil with the highest on-base percentage when he won the title was Hamilton with his .521 mark in 1894, while the Phil with the lowest percentage was Cravath with his .379 mark in 1916. Phils have won the title four times in the 19th Century, seventeen times in the 20th, and so far have not won it in the 21st Century.

Who will be the next Phil to win the title? I have really no idea.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Singles Champions.

In 126-years as a member of the National League, the Phillies have won twenty singles titles. Eleven Phils have won the title, with five of them doing it multiple times.

The first Phil to win the singles title was Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton, who, in 1890, ended up in a tie for first place with Cliff Carroll of the Chicago Colts (now the Cubs), with each men hitting 137 singles. Hamilton then won the title outright in 1891-92 and 1894 with 147 (1891), 152 (1892) and 176 (1894) singles each. The second Phillie player to win the title, the fifth to be won by a Phil, was Eddie Grant, who won it with 147 singles in 1909. In 1910, Grant won his second straight singles title by hitting 134 of them that season. The next Phil to win the singles title was Beals Becker, who hit 128 singles in 1914. The fourth Phillies player to win the tile was Lefty O’Doul, winning it in 1929, in a tie with Hall of Famer Lloyd ‘Little Poison’ Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, with each man getting 181 singles, presently the Phillies’ record for the most singles hit in a season. The fifth Phil to become the singles champ was Chick Fullis, doing it in 1933 with 161 singles. Eddie Waitkus became the sixth Phil to win the singles title, helping to lead the Phils to their second National League title in 1950, by hitting 143 of them. The following year, 1951, Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn won the first of his four singles championships, as he hit 181 singles, in the process tying Lefty O’Doul’s record. He won his second singles title, hitting 169 singles in 1953, then won his third title in 1957 with 152 and then his fourth and final title the following season, 1958, with 176. The next Phil to win the title was Dave Cash, who won it with 167 singles in 1974, then won it for the second straight year with 166 singles in 1975. Three years later, Larry Bowa became the ninth Phil to win the title as he hit 153 singles in 1978, the year the Phils won their third straight National League Eastern Division title. Pete Rose, the following season, became the tenth Phils to win the title, as he hit 159 singles in 1979. Rose won his second singles title as a Phillie player by hitting 117 singles in the strike-shortened season of 1981. The eleventh and final Phil to win the singles title was Doug Glanville, doing it in 1999 with 149 singles. No Phillie player has won the title since then.

Of the twenty singles titles won by the Phils, almost half of them, eight, has been won by two Hall of Famers, Billy Hamilton (4) and Richie Ashburn (also 4). Three other Phils have won two titles each, Eddie Grant, Dave Cash and Pete Rose. Two Phils have won the title tied with another player, Hamilton in 1890 and Lefty O’Doul in 1929. The Phils to have hit the most singles to win the title were O’Doul (1929) and Ashburn (1951) with 181, which is still the Phillies’ record for most singles in a season. The Phil to have won the title with the least number of singles was Pete Rose with only 117 in the strike-shortened season of 1981. The Phillies have won four singles titles in the 19th Century, sixteen in the 20th, and, so far, none in the 21st Century.

Who will be the next Phils to win the single titles? At this time, I really have no clue who might win it. 

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Stolen Base Champions.

During the past 123 seasons, starting in 1886, when the National League have been able to record stolen bases, eight Phils have eleven times stolen more bases than anyone else in the NL, including one time when a Phil was tied with another National Leaguer.

The first Phil, when the team was then called the Quakers, to win the stolen base title, Ed Andrews, is also the first National Leaguer to win the title, winning it in 1886 with 56 stolen bases. The next Phillie player to win the title was Jim Fogarty, who won it with 99 steals in 1889. Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton was the third Phil to lead the league in steals, doing it four times in  a six-year period, with 102 steals in 1890, 111 steals in 1891 (which is still the team’s franchise record, although Juan Samuel is listed as the modern single season steal leader with his 72 steals in 1984), 98 in 1894 and 97 in 1895. Fellow Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty became the fourth Phillie player to lead the league in steals, stealing 58 bases in 1898. No Phil would win the title for the next thirty-four seasons. Hall of Famer Chuck Klein then became the fifth Phil to win the stolen base crown with his 20 steals during his MVP season of 1932. Danny Murtaugh becomes the next Phil to win the title, swiping just 18 bases in 1941. Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn was the seventh Phil to win the title as he steals 32 bases during his rookie season of 1948. It would then be another fifty-three seasons before another Phil would win the title. In 2001, Jimmy Rollins would win the title, tying with Juan Pierre of the Colorado Rockies, with both men stealing 46 bases.

Of the eight Phils to lead the league in stolen bases, four of them (Billy Hamilton, Ed Delahanty, Chuck Klein and Richie Ashburn) are now in the Hall of Famers, responsible for a total of seven titles. Hamilton has the highest total among the champs, with 111 steal in 1891, setting the franchise’s overall stolen base record, while Danny Murtaugh has the lowest with his 18 steals in 1941. The Phils have won seven stolen base titles in the 19th Century, three in the 20th Century, and one, so far, in the 21st Century.

Who would be the next Phillie player to lead the National League in stolen bases? Jimmy Rollins is the most likely Phil to win it, but history is not on his side.

And the answer is….

I know that I’d said I would give the answer on Wednesday but since Sue of Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts has already gotten the correct answer yesterday, I’d decided that I might as well give the answer out now.

First, the original question: Name the Phillies’ player who is the team leader in career batting average?

And the answer is, Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton. Hamilton spent six years playing for the Phillies from 1890 to 1895. During those six years, he complied a batting average of .361, which is thirteen points higher than fellow Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty, as he got 1079 hits in 2993 at-bats in 729 games played, mainly as an outfielder. During those six seasons as a Phil, he would win two batting titles (1891 and 1893) as well as four stolen base titles (1890-1891, 1894-1895).

So, Congratulations Sue. Next trivia question will be asked next Monday.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Hit Champs.

During the Phillies’ 126 years as a member of the National League, the team have had a member outhit the rest of the league only sixteen times in its existence. Eleven players would win the title, with one player actually doing it three times, while two others, who would both win the title twice, would both win one title while tied with another National Leaguer.

The first Phillie player to win the title would be Hall of Famer Sam Thompson, who would do it in 1890, as he would get 172 hits, tying him for the lead with Jack Glassock of the New York (now San Francisco) Giants. The next Phil to be the NL hits leader would be fellow Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton, who would win the title the following year, 1891, as he would get 179 hits. Thompson would regain the title in 1893, as he would get 222 hits. The third Phil to win the team’s fourth hits title would be Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty, who would get 238 hits in 1899. The fourth Phillie player to win the hits title would be Gravvy Gravath, who would win it in 1913 with 179 hits. The following year, 1914, Sherry Magee would become the fifth Phil to become the hits champ, as he would get 171 hits that season. Lefty O’Doul would become the sixth Phil to win the title, as he would get 154 hits in 1929, which is still the franchise record for the most hits in a season. The seventh Phillie player to win the hits title would be Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, who would get 226 hits in 1932. Klein would follow that up by winning his second straight hits title during his Triple Crown season of 1933, as he would get 223 hits that year. The Phillies would not will the title again for eighteen years. Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn would then become the eighth Phil to win the team’s tenth hits title as he would win the title in 1951 with 221 hits. He would then win his second hits title two years later, in 1953, as he would get 205 hits. Ashburn would then get his third and final hits title as a Phil as he would get 215 hits in 1958. Dave Cash would become the ninth Phil to win the title, as he would win it in 1975 with 213 hits. Pete Rose would win the title in the strike year of 1981, become the ten Phillie player to win it, as he would get 140 hits that season. The eleventh, and presently the last Phil, to win the title would be Lenny Dykstra, who would win the title first in 1990, tied for the lead with Brett Butler of the San Francisco Giants, with both men getting 192 hits, and winning it by himself in 1993 with 194 hits, as he help lead the Phils to the National League pennant that year. The Phillies have not won a hits title since 1993.

Of the eleven men to win the titles, five of them would be hall of famers, who together would win nine of the sixteen hits titles. O’Doul would win the title with the most hits (154 in 1929) while Pete Rose would win it with the least hits (140 in 1981). The Phillies have won four titles in the 19th Century and twelve in the 20th, and, so far, none in the 21st Century. 

Who would be the next Phil to win the hits title? I have no idea at this point, but I wouldn’t put it beyond either Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins as being the one to do it.