PHILADELPHIA -- There are, according to the best available research, 17,788 souls who have played in the Major Leagues. Only 267 of them have amassed 2,000 base hits in their careers. Just 16 are currently active.
Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco needs just one hit to join that select group.
"It means a lot," he said. "I've been lucky enough to have played since 1998. I've played in good organizations. It means a lot and maybe someday I'll look back at all the hits and really appreciate it."
Polanco didn't start Sunday against the Padres but as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, he ripped a line drive right at third baseman James Darnell. He'll try again Monday night against the Astros. And yes, he's already picked out the spot in his Miami home to display the baseball.