August 22 Philadelphia Inquirer
“Everybody in the Phillies’ clubhouse loves talking about Placido Polanco.
Well, almost everybody.
“I hate it,” Polanco said. “Hate it. What am I going to tell you about myself? I don’t like it. I feel uncomfortable, very uncomfortable.”
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins said Polanco hits only line drives. Manager Charlie Manuel called Polanco the Phillies‘ best hitter. Hitting instructor Greg Gross compared Polanco to the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter. Third-base coach Sam Perlozzo marveled at Polanco’s ability to play Gold Glove defense at two infield positions.
Polanco, signed as a free agent before the season, mostly said he didn’t want to talk about any of it. He said he did not consider himself a star player even though his .304 career average ranks 15th among active players with at least 3,000 career plate appearances.
“I think I work hard,” Polanco said. “I respect the game and I play the game hard. That’s it. That’s enough. Then whether you hit .300 or whether you win a batting title, that’s all extra and you don’t have any control over it. You want to win it, of course, but you don’t have control of that. You control your effort, your approach.”
For one day last week, after his fourth four-hit game of the season in a win over San Francisco, Polanco led the National League with a .325 batting average. He went hitless in his next two games and slipped to fourth in the batting race.”
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