Rollins sets single-season at-bat mark

Rollins sets single-season at-bat mark

PHILADELPHIA -- In flying out to center field for the second out of the third inning Friday night, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins broke a 27-year-old Major League record.

That out came in his 706th at-bat of the season, one more than Willie Wilson had for the Royals in 1980, when he set the single-season mark.

Rollins is only the fourth Major Leaguer with more than 700 at-bats in a season, joining Wilson, Ichiro Suzuki and Juan Samuel. Rollins finished the game with 709.

In the fifth, Rollins broke up a scoreless game with a two-run single, giving him 93 RBIs for the season. Rollins came around to score his 137th run on Chase Utley's double.

"I say it every day," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's done about everything a guy could do. I don't know what else you could do, unless he wants to sell tickets and sell popcorn."

The number speaks to Rollins' durability. At 5-foot-8, Rollins is one of three Major Leaguers to start every game this season -- Washington's Ryan Zimmerman and Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur are the others -- and he has batted leadoff for most of Philadelphia's games.

"That says a whole lot," Manuel said. "That shows he's in tremendous shape and has great endurance. When you can play every day like and in a position where he moves around a lot, I think that's tremendous."

Considering that the Phillies pulled one game ahead of the Mets in the National League East, Rollins was less concerned with his individual accomplishment. Asked if maybe he'd take Saturday off, he smiled.

"Heck no," he said.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.