PHILADELPHIA -- Dan Uggla has already set an Atlanta record with a 33-game hitting streak and extended his Major League record for second basemen with a fifth 30-homer season. But while he is known for his power, he is also two infield hits away from joining a rare group.
With two more infield hits, Uggla will become just the 43rd player in Major League history to record 30 homers and 20 infield hits since 1987, when the infield single was recognized as an official stat. The only other Braves to accomplish this are Andruw Jones (1998 and 2000), Ron Gant (1990 and 1993) and Gary Sheffield (2003).
The only Major Leaguer to record at least 30 homers and 30 infield hits in a season is Alex Rodriguez (1996 and 1998).
Uggla nearly joined that 30-30 club when he recorded 31 infield hits during his 2006 rookie season, but he hit just 27 homers. He has totaled at least 30 homers in each of the five seasons that have followed.