Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies set a new major league record Tuesday, becoming the first duo to homer in the same game 23 times, per Lee Sinins of Complete Baseball Encyclopedia.
Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez were the previous record holders, having homered in the same game 22 times while with the Florida Marlins, per Complete Baseball Encyclopedia (via GammonsDaily.com).
This keystone combo played in Florida from 2006-2010, most recently homering in the same game on August 7, 2010 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The duo went deep in the same game on five different occasions during their final campaign together.
Utley and Rollins are currently in the midst of their 12th season together in Philadelphia, so they've had plenty more time to work on this milestone. The two are gradually climbing their way up the Phillies record books, as both players are in the top 10 of the all-time franchise lists for hits, home runs, runs scored and RBI.
With respect to home runs, Utley is sixth on the franchise leaderboard with 226 four-baggers, while Rollins hit No. 214 Wednesday afternoon against the New York Mets. Current Philly Ryan Howard is second on the list with 327, while Mike Schmidt reigns atop with 548.
At 35 years old, Utley needs just one more long ball in 2014 to reach a double-digit total for the 11th straight season. He's had three 30-plus homer seasons, hitting 32, 33 and 31 in 2006, 2008 and 2009, respectively.
Rollins' totals have been a bit more about longevity, as the 35-year-old made his MLB debut in the 2000 season. He went yard 30 times just once in his career, which occurred during his MVP-winning 2007 campaign.
In an uncharacteristic reversal of trends, Rollins has actually outhomered Utley in two of the last three seasons and is on pace to do it once again this year. The dynamic duo will look to add on to their record-setting totals during the final months of 2014.
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