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December 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
With Jimmy Rollins, there were moments. There were always moments. Here was one: It was 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2009, and the carpet covering the floor of the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park was so soaked with champagne that a little puddle formed with every squishy footfall. The Phillies had just beaten the Dodgers - the team that Rollins will play for next season - in the National League Championship Series for the second straight year. Two nights earlier, he had lined a two-run, two-out double in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the series' fourth game.
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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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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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August 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A reporter asked Jimmy Rollins on Wednesday afternoon if the shortstop had ever talked with Chase Utley about reuniting their double-play partnership in Los Angeles. Rollins lowered his shoulder and shimmied his head as he answered, adding a little more slyness to his words. "Maybe," Rollins said with a laugh after his Dodgers fell to Oakland, 5-2. "We may have had a conversation about it. Those things remain between us. " Rollins and Utley - the longest double-play combination in Phillies history - will be back together again.
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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 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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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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December 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The phone buzzed Friday morning after Pilates class; the voice on the other end was Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman welcoming Jimmy Rollins to his next baseball life. Rollins had told the Phillies he would play for either them or Los Angeles, and here was the call he expected nine days earlier, a call so unimaginable before. "It just means, really, my time there is up," Rollins said hours later. He spoke Friday, the day he was officially dealt to Los Angeles for two minor-league pitchers, without a hint of nostalgia.
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September 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The Phillies had a bit of a conundrum when they determined the winners of Paul Owens Award, a yearly honor given to the organization's top minor-league pitcher and position player. They had two hitters - Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins - who were almost equally deserving. So the Phils awarded them both on Friday. Cozens and Hoskins shared the position player award and Ben Lively was named the organization's top pitcher. Cozens and Hoskins, who slugged back-to-back all season for double-A Reading, are the first players to share the Paul Owens Award since 1997, when Jimmy Rollins shared it with an outfielder named Jeff Key. "The hardest thing to develop is power, and the hardest thing to find is a run-producing bat. We feel like both of these guys are going to be that," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development.
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September 7, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - Freddy Galvis sat in a Philadelphia barbershop for four hours last week as his hair - which he let blossom all season into an Afro - was braided into dreadlocks. The shortstop was stuck in a wicked slump. Perhaps it was time for a change. And it was the new-look Galvis who sparked a 6-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon. The Phillies started their seven-game road trip with a win after losing six straight at home. They looked like they were on their way to another listless loss until Galvis hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
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August 26, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THIS ONE might be the toughest. It's strange to think about. We've sat through how many of these already? The centerfielder, the shortstop, the second baseman, the World Series MVP. Could it really be that the eight-hole hitter was the one to burrow furthest into that part of your mind where the visceral memories go? The Phillies traded Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers Thursday. They didn't receive much in return; nor were they expected to. Tommy Bergjans is the name. A 23-year-old righty whom the Dodgers drafted in the eighth round in June 2015.
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August 26, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
'FIVE RIGHT at me. Five to the hole. Five in the shift. Then five backhand, going forward. Then five more straight. " Freddy Galvis recites the routine that has made him a Gold Glove contender. It's more than 100 degrees on the field at Citizens Bank Park, the end of a long August heat wave. The dirt is baked and the Phillies aren't winning and just running up the steps of the dugout for the 122nd game of the 2016 season seems exhausting and, to a degree, pointless; the starting rotation is in shambles, the lone All-Star, Odubel Herrera, hasn't hit well since a week before the break, and any talk of a run at the wild-card playoff slots seems sillier with each passing day. Still, Galvis has a spring in his step.
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August 23, 2016 | By A.J. Thomson
HE POINTS HIS BAT at the pitcher and says bring it - bring that weak stuff. This will be the indelible image of Ryan Howard in my mind, the mind of all of us here in Philadelphia who live and die with the Phils, or even those who chased that bandwagon and jumped on during the magical run. Such bad-assedness from a player was something that we hadn't seen here in the land of 10,000 losses in a long time, maybe never. With the extended bat pointed at the hurler, Howard readied to take all of Philadelphia's eyes on a magical arc to Ashburn Alley, the upper deck, or maybe to deep leftfield.
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August 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - Carlos Ruiz has thought about what it will be like when Chase Utley, wearing a white Dodgers uniform, steps into the batter's box Monday to face the Phillies. The two men were teammates for a decade. Utley, one of the most iconic players in Phillies history, carries a certain level of respect. It has been almost a year since the Phillies traded him to Los Angeles. And, still, it will be jarring to see him play against his former team. "If I'm kneeling down waiting for a pitch, I don't even know how I'm going to look at him," Ruiz said.
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August 9, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THERE IS little doubt that if ownership wanted to, the Phillies could buy their way out of the current rebuilding mode and field a team that could compete for the World Series as quickly as the 2018 season. This season, the Phillies began the new local television contract they signed with NBC Universal and Comcast SportsNet in 2014. And while the exact figures of the deal will likely forever be clouded, the Phillies earning more than $2 billion over the next two decades is a safe guestimate.
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July 20, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
PATIENCE. It permeates virtually any and every conversation about sports in this town, from Aaron Nola and the Phillies down on the farm to Ron Hextall's elaborate plan of future dominance to the debate over whether the new coach and both quarterbacks of the latest Eagles refurbish have been overvalued or simply need time to prove the genius of Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. And then there is "The Process," the professional sports version of the Mel Brooks' classic, The Producers, whereby a franchise could end up winning big by losing big, provided it had enough - you guessed it - patience.
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July 17, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pitcher of the first half Jake Thompson, righthander, triple-A Lehigh Valley Thompson rolled into the triple-A all-star break with a 0.73 ERA in his seven starts since June 1. The 22-year-old took some time to get set in triple A, but he was dominant once he did. Thompson allowed one run or none in six of his last seven starts. He pitched seven shutout innings on July 6 in his final start of the first half. Thompson allowed just one homer in his last 491/3 innings. He has excellent command of his low-90s fastball, which he pairs with a change-up, curveball, and slider.
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July 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - You could see why they wanted him. Anthony Hewitt took batting practice Wednesday, and everything looked right. Hewitt is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, his beefy upper body tapering to his feet like a giant V, and at each pitch he took an easy inside-out swing from the right side of home plate. Still, the ball rocketed off his bat: a line drive to the right-center-field gap, a deep fly ball to the warning track, so easy. As a senior in high school, Hewitt had put on an awe-inspiring batting-practice display that had helped persuade the Phillies to select him in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
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