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June 13, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
BEFORE YOUR time, and my time, there was a television show called "This Is Your Life. " It is the first thing that comes to mind as Jimmy Rollins stands on the cusp of Phillies history. For 15 years, he has been the franchise and the franchise has been him and everything that that means. The funny thing is that it means different things to different people, and it always will - because people are different, arriving at any conversation with a variety of experiences and preconceptions.
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May 15, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After batting fifth in back-to-back games, Jimmy Rollins returned to his customary role as leadoff hitter yesterday in the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Phillies shortstop was pleased about it, he didn't say so. In fact, he said nothing because he brushed off reporters for the second time this week. Anyway, the day couldn't have started much better for Rollins, who ripped Chad Billingsley's first pitch for a double, went to third on Shane Victorino's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly. In that at-bat, Rollins was the leadoff hitter that manager Charlie Manuel has come to expect.
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November 21, 2007
Jimmy Rollins proved yesterday he was the man to beat on the team to beat. The Phillies' shortstop was voted Most Valuable Player in the National League, deservedly beating out Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies in one of the closest ballots in the sport's history. Rollins' narrow victory was fitting for a player whose team won its division on the final day of the season. An athlete who is only 5-foot-8, Rollins stood up to pressure all year long. Before spring training began, he predicted that the Phillies were "the team to beat" in the National League East.
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March 20, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - He went from the buzzing crowds in Miami to some 100 people watching a minor-league game under grey skies, and Jimmy Rollins still could not understand why players scoff at the World Baseball Classic. Rollins will be 38 years old in 2017 when the next incarnation of the tournament happens. He is inviting himself. "If I'm still good enough at the time, and I can be brought back in any capacity . . . I'm leaving spring training. I'll tell you that right now," Rollins said.
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October 31, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Rollins needs to clear some space for another award. The Phillies shortstop learned Tuesday that he would receive the fourth Rawlings Gold Glove award of his career and his first since the 2009 season. Rollins, who turns 34 Nov. 27, also won the award in 2007 and 2008. His four Gold Gloves rank him third in Phillies history behind third baseman Mike Schmidt (10) and center fielder Garry Maddox (8). Rollins used the occasion to pay tribute to his former manager Larry Bowa and the late John Vukovich.
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July 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies continued their week of madcap comeback wins, possibly fueling the belief that hope remains in a season that hasn't provided an abundance of memorable moments. On a day that the Phillies signed lefty Cole Hamels to a six-year, $144 million extension, they also continued their late-game heroics with Wednesday's 7-6 win 10 innings over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. It was the Phillies' first three-game series sweep of the season. The three wins over the Brewers were by identical scores, and each came in its own dramatic way. Trailing, 6-5, in the 10th, the Phillies tied the game on Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice fly and finished matters with Jimmy Rollins' second walk-off hit in the last four games, all wins.
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June 4, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ON SATURDAY afternoon, Charlie Manuel was concerned enough about Jimmy Rollins' sore right foot that he pinch-ran for him in the ninth inning of a 4-3 game with Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was later picked off at second base on a blown call by the umpires, eliminating the potential tying run just before Cesar Hernandez doubled to rightfield. Yesterday, Manuel assumed that Rollins would be out of commission, so he drew up a lineup with Freddy Galvis starting at shortstop. But Rollins informed the manager that he felt well enough to play.
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October 3, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
HARD TO believe, but Jimmy Rollins arrived at the ballpark yesterday uncertain whether it would be his last home game at Citizens Bank Park. Despite a blowout win in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, three straight losses would end the Phillies' season in St. Louis, and the Cardinals got things started with a 5-4 victory last night in Game 2. Fortunes change quickly in a best-of-five series for a player in a contract year. Whenever this season ends, Rollins' focus will turn toward the size of the fortune he will require on the free-agent market.
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February 14, 2008 | By PAUL HAGEN
Folk singer Joni Mitchell once famously summed up the difference between a painter and a performing artist. "Nobody ever said to Van Gogh, 'Paint a Starry Night again, man,'" she observed. What, then, are we to make of the challenge that has been set before Jimmy Rollins as another spring training rolls around? The Phillies' shortstop illustrated a baseball masterpiece in 2007. Statistics can be a trained pet that will perform whatever tricks are asked on command, but his numbers were still astonishing in many ways.
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July 25, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
IN THE SHADOW of the old Tastykake factory in Nicetown, there's a greenhouse with an organic vegetable garden and a 170,000 square-foot warehouse owned and operated by the SHARE Food Program. About noon yesterday, Jimmy Rollins and his wife, Johari, prepared a batch of fried green beans for a hungry group of fans and SHARE volunteers outside the greenhouse. "You can't have fries all the time," the Phillies shortstop said. He insisted you try his "green fries" instead. The recipe was simple enough - green beans, olive oil and a dash of salt - but the idea that Philadelphians don't have access to fresh, healthy foods is more complex, and an issue that the Rollins family is invested in. Rollins was outside the SHARE factory to pledge $10,000 from the Rollins Family Foundation and to put a familiar face behind SHARE's initiative to serve healthy and affordable foods to Philadelphians across the city.
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September 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies first-round draft choice in 2013, has made a favorable impression on manager Ryne Sandberg. Crawford was in Philadelphia on Friday to accept the Paul Owens Award as the Phillies minor-league position player of the year. Righthander Luis Garcia also received the award as minor-league pitcher of the year. Sandberg saw Crawford play last year in the Florida Instructional League. "He looked very athletic and looked like he had a lot of instincts," Sandberg said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.
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September 14, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BELIEVE IT or not, there have been some encouraging signs to come out of this 2014 season for the Phillies. Ken Giles has been nothing short of dominant. Cole Hamels continues to pitch like an ace. Maikel Franco is in the major leagues after a an explosive couple of minor league seasons. At the top of the list, though, is the performance of 2013 first-round draft pick J.P. Crawford, who was at Citizens Bank Park yesterday to receive the organization's Paul Owens Award, given annually to the top pitcher and top hitter in the minor leagues.
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September 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY was out of the lineup last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a night after both Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd didn't start. Jimmy Rollins hasn't played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on Monday, and he won't be rushed back because, on a team going nowhere in the final month of a long season, there's no point in running older players into the proverbial ground. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard started for the 35th time in the 36 games the Phillies have played since July 31. The rest of the mid-30-somethings have rested more often, while Howard has played regularly.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were two beneficiaries Tuesday in the immediate aftermath of Jimmy Rollins' "mild" left hamstring strain. Rookie Maikel Franco moved into Rollins' customary No. 2 lineup spot. Freddy Galvis, an .085 hitter in his first 24 games this season, assumed shortstop in Rollins' absence. Franco, the Phillies' youngest position player since Rollins' 2000 debut, has a clearer future than Galvis despite 148 fewer major-league games. Galvis - along with Cesar Hernandez - remains stuck in the murkiness that is life as a young bench player.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS may or may not return to the Phillies' lineup in the next 2 weeks, so naturally the first two batters last night found the new guy in the field. Defensive whiz Freddy Galvis, playing his natural shortstop position, handled both ground balls with ease. Galvis continued to be busy all night - he had eight balls hit his way, recording outs on seven and just missing two more on a pair of tough infield singles from Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco. Galvis' defense, of course, hasn't ever been in question.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS will most likely not return to the lineup on the current homestand, but he should return sooner rather than later, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg said yesterday afternoon that tests on Rollins' left hamstring revealed a mild strain. The manager said his veteran shortstop was simply "day-to-day. " "A little bit better than it looked [Monday] night," said Sandberg, who had to replace Rollins before the fifth inning, a half inning after the 35-year-old infielder legged out his fourth triple of the season.
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September 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jimmy Rollins lashed a 92-m.p.h. fastball to right field, and he thought triple the moment the ball landed. He raced around the bases in the fourth inning of the 143d game in a forgettable season. A half-empty stadium buzzed when Rollins struck second base at full speed; that is when his left hamstring hurt. Rollins beat the throw to third with ease. The Phillies shortstop grimaced as he popped to his feet. And after he scored on a Ryan Howard single, he was removed from Monday's 6-4 loss to the Pirates.
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September 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - All of a sudden, the Phillies and Washington Nationals appear as though they have reversed roles. The Phillies are playing like a team gearing up for the postseason, while the Nationals, at least against the Phillies, haven't resembled the team that began Saturday with the National League's best record. A.J. Burnett allowed just one run in seven innings, as the Phillies beat the Nationals, 3-1, at Nationals Park. The Phillies have won 12 of their last 17 games. With Burnett's win, they clinched the season series against the Nationals for the first time since 2010.
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September 6, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Grady Sizemore has a great story to tell. He yanked on his white polo shirt Wednesday afternoon, a day in which he crushed one homer, missed another by mere feet, and executed a frenetic diving catch in foul territory. He talked like a man not burdened by seven surgeries in four years but as someone who can expect certain things again. "I feel like as the year has gone on, I've gotten stronger," said Sizemore, 32. "So hopefully I can just finish strong, stay healthy, and build off of this.
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September 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Maikel Franco's first day in a Phillies uniform probably felt as quick as his rapid ascension from Class A ball to the big leagues in the last 16 months. Franco was called up on Monday. Yesterday, the 22-year-old was penciled into the lineup of his major league game, becoming the youngest position player to start a game for the Phillies since a 21-year-old Jimmy Rollins took his spot as shortstop at Veterans Stadium 14 years ago this month. Franco grounded out in each of his first three plate appearances against Atlanta lefthander Mike Minor.
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