May 24, 2013 |
MIAMI - When morale was at its lowest, approximately 46 hours before Delmon Young smashed yet another home run, Charlie Manuel attempted to justify his faith in this Phillies lineup. It was Monday, the atrocious Miami Marlins had just confounded his offense, and Manuel clutched at words. "The history of Delmon Young," the manager said, "is he's a better hitter than what he's showing right now. " The Phillies departed Florida on Wednesday night with a series victory, and Young was a principal player.
February 15, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard got married in 2012. As for the rest of the year, there wasn't much worth remembering. After undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles' on Oct. 12, 2011, Howard didn't get into a major league game until the year was half over, on July 6, when the Phillies were in last place and 13 games out of first. He played in 71 games in 2012; in his six previous major league seasons as an everyday player, Howard never played in fewer than 143 games.
May 22, 2013 |
MIAMI - Cole Hamels grabbed his things and began to walk out of the clubhouse at a brisk pace. Then he turned around, went back to his locker to retrieve something, but again left the room without taking part in the standard practice of talking to the media after a start. It was difficult to blame Hamels. There really wasn't a whole lot he could say after showcasing what his pitching coach called "electric" stuff, yet not having a whole lot to show for it in the latest Phillies loss with him on the mound.
March 20, 2013 |
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.
October 31, 2012 |
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.
May 15, 2009 |
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.
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.
July 27, 2012 |
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.
October 3, 2011 |
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.
February 14, 2008 |
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.