CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen's second-inning double on Friday proved to be a historically significant hit. Not only was it his 500th career double, tying him for 52nd all time, it made him a baseball rarity.
Rolen joined Hall of Famer George Brett and the Braves' Chipper Jones, a likely Hall of Famer, as the only third basemen in Major League history to collect at least 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,200 RBIs. A total of 29 players have ever hit all of those milestones.
"The doubles number, 500, I'm not statistically savvy enough to have a rightful understanding of it," Rolen said prior to a 4-1 loss on Saturday. "To say that it's just George Brett, Chipper and myself is interesting. That's interests me and I got 'Whoa, OK.' That makes it a more recognizable idea to me. That's decent company right there. I pinch myself when I hear 'history of baseball.'"