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Rollins sets Phillies' career hit record in win

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Despite his diminutive size, Jimmy Rollins always believed he could hit a baseball.

Turns out he's been good enough to amass more hits in a Phillies uniform than any other player.

Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to become the Phillies' hits leader and Domonic Brown capped the inning with a three-run homer, leading Philadelphia to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Rollins got hit No. 2,235 off Edwin Jackson, sending a 3-1 pitch into right field to open the fifth. The game was then delayed for an on-field celebration.

"It was very cool," said Rollins.

The 5-foot-8 shortstop never let his stature deter him.

"That's something my mom and dad taught me when I'm young," he said. "(I'm) probably not going to be biggest guy, but that doesn't mean you have to be weak, doesn't mean you don't have confidence. And then size isn't really going to matter. I've always had that belief in myself and without it I wouldn't have been here."

Chase Utley also homered for Philadelphia, which has won four of five following a dismal 1-8 stretch.

David Buchanan (2-3), in his fifth start for injured lefty Cliff Lee (elbow), allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

But the day belonged to Rollins.

He made his debut with the Phillies on Sept. 17, 2000, and has played his entire career in Philadelphia.

"To be the all-time hits leader, that speaks for itself," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It was well worth it. Fourteen years of effort with one uniform in a lot of ways that's old school."

Said Cubs manager Rick Renteria: "He's put together what is potentially a Hall of Fame career. He's a credit to Philadelphia and the Phillies. I think he's admired all over."

Schmidt, a Phillies TV analyst for Sunday games, retrieved Rollins' bat and greeted the 2007 NL MVP with a high-five and hug at first base. The entire Phillies team then came out from the dugout to offer congratulatory hugs and handshakes.

After the Phillies left the field, Schmidt took Rollins' hand and held it in the air. Fans cheered and gave the duo a standing ovation as fireworks erupted from the large video board in left field.

"I told him, 'Congrats, it couldn't happen to a better guy," Schmidt said later in the game. "I'm glad I was here. My heart is pounding."

Schmidt had doubts that any player would break his hits record in notoriously tough Philadelphia and in the era of free agency. But Rollins' mentality on and off the field, Schmidt says, allowed him to do it.

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