Rollins (calf) out of lineup again on Tuesday – Jimmy Rollins | PHI
Rollins out of lineup after tweaking calf – Jimmy Rollins | PHI
HOUSTON (AP) -- With one swing of the bat from Jimmy Rollins on Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies put a tough loss to the Houston Astros a night before behind them.
Lee, Rollins lead surging Phils to 7th win in row (Yahoo! Sports)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins swigged champagne after winning a division title, went wild when the Phillies won the National League pennant, and took a ride on that unforgettable parade down the heart of Philadelphia after a World Series championship.
Rollins’ tremendous night leads Phils to win – Jimmy Rollins | PHI
Jimmy Rollins 2,000th hit: What does it mean? (Video)
What should we make of Jimmy Rollins getting his 2,000th career hit Tuesday night? On Twitter, Rollins said he appreciated all of the congratulations folks sent his way for an achievement shared by only 27o other players in Major League Baseball history. But right after the game, a 2-1 loss for the Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati, Rollins didn't sound all that impressed with the accomplishment:
''It was great, but 3,000 is better,'' said Rollins, eating an ice cream cone after the game. ''That's the one that's celebrated. It's another milestone in a career, but it's not the one that's celebrated. So it's just another hit.''
Boy. "Just another hit"? Only three other Phillies players — Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn and Ed Delahanty — had that many. And only 30 switch-hitters in history have at least 2,000 hits. Three-thousand hits would be great, Jimmy, but at 33, going on 34 years old, you'd need six solid seasons of about 175 hits per to get there. Is 39-year-old Jimmy Rollins going to have the Omar Vizquel-like infielder range needed to get the playing time needed to get the hits needed?
But why should we get ahead of ourselves at all? Let's just look at what Rollins has done and be impressed, like Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, whose praise was a little more effusive. As quoted by reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"That's big," Manuel said. "Jimmy's career speaks for itself. If you look at his run production, his stolen bases, his defense, his career definitely jumps out at you like a lot of Hall of Famers and big star players in the game. It's right there in front of you."
As much as Rollins has accomplished — an MVP in 2007, three All-Star appearances, leading the league in runs scored once, in triples four times, in stolen bases once, and being two steals away from 400 for his career — it doesn't add up to Cooperstown. His career adjusted OPS is 97 — not even average. No, not with Alan Trammell checking in at 110, he's not a Hall of Famer.
Of course, if J-Roll lasts long enough to get 3,000 hits, his Hall of Fame case would go from practically non-existent (sorry, Charlie) to possible. So maybe that's what Rollins is saying, without quite saying it. Just check back in another thousand hits.
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Rollins hits 3-run homer as Phillies beat Reds 4-2 (Yahoo! Sports)
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The rain was coming down. Johnny Cueto felt uncomfortable on the muddy mound. Jimmy Rollins wasn't going to give him a chance to get his calm back.
Rollins benched after blunders, Phils beat Mets (Yahoo! Sports)
Jimmy Rollins gives Uganda’s Little League team its own special day at Phillies game (Photo)
When all is said and done, this might be the best baseball picture of 2012. It'll be mine, anyway. The Little League team from Uganda was hosted by Jimmy Rollins at Tuesday's Phillies-Mets game and this shot of its members donning Phillie Phanatic caps before being introduced on field is just wonderful. It may not look like much at first glance, but I see all the anticipation, hope, improbability and fun that went into this group of boys becoming the first African team to win a game in Williamsport.
Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Inquirer has a great recap of Uganda's day at Citizens Bank Park and how it came to be (definitely worth a read) while Nick Menta of The 700 Level shares his favorite moment of the night. Oh, and here's the team dancing with the actual Phanatic, which is sure to leave you with a lasting smile.
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Kendrick dominant for Phillies in 1-0 win (Yahoo! Sports)
MIAMI (AP) -- Kyle Kendrick didn't need much run support with the way he was pitching. Jimmy Rollins' home run off Josh Johnson to start the game was more than enough.