The Phillies became just the 12th team in major league baseball history to have four players with 30 home runs or more in a season Tuesday night in Washington.
Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez each hit their 30th home run of the season Tuesday, joining Ryan Howard (38) and Jayson Werth (32), who also hit a solo home run against the Nationals. Ibanez started the night with 28 home runs.
The Phillies are the first team since the 2006 Chicago White Sox to have four 30-home run hitters on its roster when Jermaine Dye (44), former Phillies first baseman Jim Thome (42), Paul Konerko (35) and Joe Crede (30) all hit the mark. The feat has been accomplished just 11 other times in major league history.
The Phillies are first or second in the league in home runs, RBIs, total bases, runs scored and slugging percentage. Until they went into their current hitting slump, they led the league in almost every offensive category.
It is Howard's four straight season with 30 home runs or more. Utley has hit 30 home runs or more in three of the past four seasons. Ibanez hit 33 home runs in 2006, the only other time he has hit 30 or more. Werth, having by far his best season in the majors, has never hit 30 or more home runs in a season.
The 2009 Phillies are the first team in Philadelphia history to have four 30-home run hitters on its roster.