Rollins has been solid anchor at short

Posted: October 22, 2008

2001: The Phillies made a good defensive team even better with the debut of 22-year-old rookie Jimmy Rollins as their everyday shortstop. Rollins finished third in the league among shortstops in fielding percentage and served as the team's sole representative in the All-Star Game. Third baseman Scott Rolen combined with Rollins to form an airtight left side of the infield and ended the season winning his third Gold Glove Award. The Phillies also had a fine defensive presence in centerfielder Doug Glanville.

2008: Rollins is still around, one year removed from his first career Gold Glove. He committed only seven errors this season and finished first in fielding percentage among NL shortstops with a .988 mark. Next to him, Pedro Feliz, who made eight errors, dazzled with his consistency at third base and placed second in the league at his position in fielding. Centerfielder Shane Victorino committed only two errors. As a whole, the team made 90 errors and was fifth in the NL in fielding.

Bob Brookover was the Phillies beat writer for The Inquirer in 2001.

Remembering 2001

Average price of a gallon of gas: $1.42.7.

Phillies' record: 86-76, second place.

Phillies' attendance: 1,782,054.

Phillies' first-round pick: Gavin Floyd, RHP.

Remember this? Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge steps down to become the first head of the Department of Homeland Security.

(En route to D.C., Ridge is detained when he attempts to carry mouthwash past airport security.)

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