Phillies Notes


Jimmy Rollins

singled in the third inning off the Washington Nationals' Sean Hill last night, he became the first member of a club that isn't likely to add a second any time soon.

The Phillies shortstop is the only player in baseball history to collect at least 200 hits, 15 triples, 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a season.

His statistics are the best ever compiled by a Phillies leadoff hitter, although Rollins hit third in 23 games this season when Ryan Howard and Chase Utley were injured.

In 1993, Phillies leadoff man Lenny Dykstra finished second in the MVP voting. Dykstra hit .305, scored 143 runs, had 194 hits - 44 doubles, 6 triples, 19 homers - 66 RBIs, 37 steals, a .482 slugging percentage, and 307 total bases.

With nine games remaining going into last night, Rollins was projected to hit .294, score 138 runs, collect 211 hits - 40 doubles, 19 triples, 30 homers - 94 RBIs, 39 stolen bases, a .527 slugging percentage, and 388 total bases.

Barry Bonds beat out Dykstra for MVP in '93. Is there anyone who can top Rollins?

"He steals bases," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He scores runs and he drives them in. And he plays defense like Ozzie Smith. Why can't he be MVP?"

After the third-inning single, Rollins hit a home run in the fifth.

Owens awards


Quintin Berry

and pitcher

Mike Zagurski

, who began the season in single A and moved up into the Phillies' bullpen, were named winners of the 2007 Paul Owens Award, given to the best player and pitcher in the Phils' minor-league system.

Berry, 22, stole 55 bases for single-A Lakewood, the second-highest total in all the minors. He hit .312 with three homers and 44 RBIs.

Zagurski, a 24-year-old lefthander, pitched at all four levels. Overall, in 25 minor-league games, he went 0-0 with a 1.39 ERA. In 25 major-league games, he went 1-0 with a 5.32 ERA. He had season-ending surgery on his right hamstring on Aug. 27.

Bye-bye, ballpark

Tomorrow's game will mark the end of RFK as a baseball stadium.

The Nationals will move into their new 41,222-seat ballpark in the Anacostia neighborhood next April. Washington's pro soccer team, D.C. United, will continue to play here.

To mark the finale, the Nationals have invited several former members of the expansion Washington Senators, who played here from 1962 to 1971 before relocating to Texas and becoming the Rangers.

Among the returnees will be Frank Howard, Hank Allen, Dick Bosman and Mike Epstein.

The longest home runs hit by Howard, probably the most popular player in that team's brief history, are commemorated by white seats in unimaginably distant outfield seating.

Phils meet Bush

Several Phillies visited the White House yesterday morning as guests of U.S. Sen.

Arlen Specter

(R., Pa.).

Manuel, Rollins, Utley, Howard, Cole Hamels, Pat Burrell, Brett Myers and travel director Frank Coppenbarger posed for photos with President Bush in the Oval Office, then were given a tour.

- Frank Fitzpatrick