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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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July 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Rollins entered the first Monday after Independence Day hitting .208. It's the first time he's flirted with the Mendoza line this late into a season since 2009, when he was hitting .212 on the summer holiday, about a week after Charlie Manuel benched him in Toronto in an attempt to wake up his slumping bat. The Phillies went to the World Series that season, however. The Phillies will not be going to the World Series this year. Before playing against his former team for the first time in his 16-year major league career, and hitting ninth in the lineup for first-place Los Angeles, Rollins sat in the dugout at Dodger Stadium and was flooded with questions about his former franchise.
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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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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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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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July 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven starting pitchers were used in the first 91 games of this dismal Phillies season, and most of those who made up baseball's worst first-half rotation do not figure to play a part in the rebuilding club's future. Amid the presence of stopgap starters such as Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams and Kevin Correia, the average age of the Phillies' first-half starters was 291/2 years old. This is in part why fans have long clamored to see top pitching prospect Aaron Nola, the 22-year-old righthander who is likely to garner a promotion in the coming weeks.
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July 14, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
CINCINNATI - Yesterday's event was the most important to the Phillies during these All-Star festivities. It's certainly not tomorrow night's All-Star Game, in which closer Jonathan Papelbon will be the Phillies' lone representative. The only reason Philadelphia is even represented in the 86th edition is because of the archaic rule that says each franchise must be represented - even one that already is 33 games under .500. Furthermore, if all goes according to plan, Papelbon won't be a Phillie for much longer.
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July 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES — A night after falling victim to a dominant Clayton Kershaw, the Phillies ran into another buzzsaw in Zack Greinke. Greinke's incredible recent run of success reached a new apex Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, where the Los Angeles righthander allowed merely one hit over eight shutout innings. While lowering his already major-league best ERA, the former Cy Young Award winner sent the Phillies to San Francisco on the heels of a second consecutive shutout loss, 6-0. The Phillies fell to a woeful 30 games under .500, the earliest in a season they have done so since 1997.
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July 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is one of five National League players in the running to win the final vote for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace and reigning National League MVP used the Phillies to boost his campaign. Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, dominated baseball's worst team with his first complete game shutout of the season. The Phillies' 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium marked their ninth shutout defeat through 87 games.
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July 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - The Phillies may have an eventual replacement for Chase Utley with the hot-hitting Cesar Hernandez. Shortstop Freddy Galvis has handled himself well in Year One and top prospect J.P. Crawford will also vie for the heir to Jimmy Rollins' throne before too long, too. Have the Phillies found the eventual heir apparent to Ryan Howard at first base? Last night, the Phillies announced that they had come to an agreement with 16-year-old Dominican slugger Jhailyn Ortiz.
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July 9, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Even though the Phillies needed a starting pitcher for Saturday in San Francisco, Aaron Nola's major-league debut will not come until after the all-star break next week. Nola, the organization's top pitching prospect, was not considered an option to start Saturday, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. The Phillies created the rotation opening by outrighting struggling righthander Sean O'Sullivan off the 40-man roster after a 10-7 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.
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July 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Rollins entered the first Monday after Independence Day hitting .208. It's the first time he's flirted with the Mendoza line this late into a season since 2009, when he was hitting .212 on the summer holiday, about a week after Charlie Manuel benched him in Toronto in an attempt to wake up his slumping bat. The Phillies went to the World Series that season, however. The Phillies will not be going to the World Series this year. Before playing against his former team for the first time in his 16-year major league career, and hitting ninth in the lineup for first-place Los Angeles, Rollins sat in the dugout at Dodger Stadium and was flooded with questions about his former franchise.
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July 8, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - In what could be one of his final appearances in a Phillies uniform, Jonathan Papelbon will be on the National League roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday night in Cincinnati. Even the 34-year-old closer admitted Monday he would be surprised - and disappointed, too - if he isn't dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. "I think everybody knows where I'm at," he said on the day he learned of his all-star selection. "It's no secret. I've always been straightforward that I want to go play for a contender, and I'm not going to shy away from that.
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July 7, 2015 | By Abbey Mastracco, For The Inquirer
LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Rollins is fighting. The three-time all-star is fighting time, age, Los Angeles traffic and the manse ballparks of the National League West. But the title fight? That's his fight at the plate every day. The Phillies' all-time hits leader simply isn't hitting right now. And hasn't been all season. The hits that used to come in bunches and go for extra bases are falling for outs. He can't pull the ball anymore, and he knows it. Rollins is batting .208. So he has enlisted the help of his new team's hitting coaches, Mark McGwire and John Valentin.
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July 3, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
AT THE MIDWAY point, these Phillies are historically bad, 100-loss bad. So much would have had to have gone right for them to approach the respectability of even 80 wins that a .500 season almost defied possibility. Still, 100 losses are a lot different from even 90, or 95. This isn't a baseball team, it's a reality TV show. One with a really bad script. It starts with the producers. Their front office is leaderless; the manager defected; and the clubhouse is poised for deadline destruction by July 31. This is beyond bizarre.
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