Coghlan joins elite company
Chris Coghlan now has something in common with Ichiro Suzuki and Todd Helton.
Coghlan slapped a single to center in the seventh inning on Saturday against Adam Russell of the Padres.
It was the rookie’s 45th hit in August, matching a franchise record for most hits in a month. Hanley Ramirez also has 45 hits this month.
Luis Castillo previously set the mark, collecting 45 in August in 1999.
The hit also was the most by a rookie in the big leagues since Suzuki collected 51 for Seattle in August of 2001. Coghlan’s hit total is the most by an N.L. rookie since Helton of the Rockies had 45 in August of 1998.
Here’s the Marlins most hits in a single month:
Coghlan, 45 (Aug., 2009)
Ramirez 45, (Aug. 2009)
Castillo, 45 (Aug. 1999)
Juan Pierre, 43, (Sept. 2004)
Ramirez, 43 (Sept. 2006)
Miguel Cabrera, 42 (May 2006)
Dan Uggla, 42 (May 2006)
Kevin Millar, 41, (Sept. 2002)
Terry Pendleton, 40 (Aug. 1995)
Mike Lowell, 40 (Aug. 2002)
Ramirez, 40 (June 2009)
— Joe Frisaro