In the bottom of the second inning, Nettles laced a single up the middle to record his 934th career base hit as he passed Rolando Avila for most base hits all-time in the Atlantic League. Avila played in the Atlantic League from 1998-2005 registering 933 total hits in his stints with the Atlantic City Surf, Newark Bears and the Bridgeport Bluefish.
“I’m glad the record came along with our team winning,” the humble Nettles said after the game. “It does mean something to me. I remember playing with Rolando [Avila] and he was a hard worker.”
Last week Nettles broke the all-time Atlantic League record for most games played and most at bats. He reached those milestones on the road in Lancaster. He was happy to share this moment with the tremendous Patriot fans at TD Bank Ballpark.
“I’m glad I got to break it in front of the fans although I would have liked to do it opening weekend,” Nettles said with a smile. “I think I’m going to give this ball to my mom.”
Nettles is the longest tenured Patriot. In nine years with the ball club he has been an all-star seven times and holds a plethora of Atlantic League records. Nettles is the all-time Atlantic League leader in RBI (597), doubles (198), at bats (3,258), games played (881), and now hits (934).
Here is the link to the video of Nettles’ record breaking swing courtesy of Dave Marek. Jeff Nettles breaks the Atlantic League hits record.
The next record on tap for Nettles is home runs. He currently sits at 145 round trippers, 13 shy of the Atlantic League record held by Glenn Murray.