First Time in 50 Years?
The 2012 Phillies are on pace to have just one hitter reach 500 Plate Appearances (PA) this season. A typical team over a season averages about 5 or 6 players with 500+ PA.
Here's where each player currently stands.
Pence 440 (traded)
Victorino 431 (traded)
Ruiz 353 (on DL)
Polanco 314 (on DL)
Galvis 200 (on DL - suspension)
Fontenot 105 (DFA'd)
Jimmy Rollins is on pace to reach 620 PAs by season's end. Ruiz could be out for the rest of the year since bringing him back for two weeks of meaningless games doesn't make much sense. Even if Polanco was to come off the DL today, he'd only be on pace for 410 or so.
Other than strike-shortened seaons, the most recent year I can find a Phillies team with just one player with more than 500 PAs is the '61 team. Johnny Callison had 538, though teams only played 154 games then. Had they played a full 162, Tony Gonzalez likely would have reached the mark since he had 485 and was playing full-time by the end of the season.
"Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers