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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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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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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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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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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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June 12, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Phillies went down to Georgia to scout Griffin High School's Cornelius Randolph, the scouts wanted to know who his hitting instructor was. A swing that pretty - one Phillies director of amateur scouting Johnny Almaraz says produced the "best bat in the country" among high schoolers - must have been through hours of training and mastering with a professional, right? Not really. Randolph never had a professional lesson. He did, though, spend countless hours in the batting cage with his father, Cedric.
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June 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Physically, Chase Utley, who has battled an assortment of injuries throughout his career, including chronic knee pain, said he's OK. "Yeah, I feel fine," Utley said following the Phillies' 5-2 loss to the Reds yesterday. But after an 0-for-3 afternoon, his 28th hitless performance in 51 starts, you surely had to wonder if the veteran All-Star's woes are beginning to wear on his mind. With an opportunity to get the Phillies back in yesterday's game - two on, two out, down two runs in the seventh inning - Utley produced a lazy, inning-ending fly ball to leftfield in his final at-bat.
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June 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was an unbelievable moment, Kenny Koplove said. The South Philadelphia native was sitting with his parents around the computer on Wednesday, the final day of baseball's first-year player draft. He got a call from his adviser, telling him that the Phillies would draft Koplove in the 17th round. "I put down the phone and a minute later it's on the board," the righthander said. "It's been a dream come true. It's hard to put it into words. When that opportunity came, it wasn't even a second thought.
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June 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The power outage that has contributed to the Phillies' struggles was not unexpected. Two of their top three home-run hitters - Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins - were dealt in December as part of the organization's rebuilding efforts. But the dearth of home runs has been accentuated recently by the team's inability to prevent them. Jerome Williams allowed the staff's 14th and 15th long balls in just a six-game span in a 4-1 loss Sunday to the Colorado Rockies, the Phillies' season-worst seventh consecutive defeat.
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May 15, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Sports Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder  Roman Quinn on the roster. Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the just-completed six-game road trip with the team. This is the second in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. HARRISBURG, Pa. - The terminology tends to dehumanize the process. We call them "prospects" and describe them as being "down on the farm. " The truth is they are young men trying to find their way in a survival-of-the-fittest world by throwing, hitting, and fielding a red-stitched white ball with a circumference of 9 to 9 1/4 inches.
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May 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - One is the veteran ace of a staff on a floundering team who is likely to find himself pitching in a new home ballpark three months from now. The other is arguably baseball's most dynamic young pitcher and headlines an up-and-coming club off to a hot start. The Phillies' Cole Hamels and New York Mets ace Matt Harvey face off Friday in perhaps the best pitching matchup Citizens Bank Park will host this season. The game displays the star attractions of two large-market National League East franchises headed in opposite directions.
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May 9, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Matt Harvey was dressed and on his way out of the Mets clubhouse at Citi Field late Wednesday night when he stopped to consider the consequences of the choice that changed his life and career. He will pitch against Cole Hamels and the Phillies on Friday, arriving as Major League Baseball's best starter and the biggest star in its biggest market: a 5-0 record, a 2.41 earned run average, 34 strikeouts in 332/3 innings, an average of 40,450 people in attendance for each of his last four outings.
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May 8, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
NEW YORK - Daniel Murphy let loose a loud, Ric Flair-like "wooo" as his five-man batting group finished its turn in the cage prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles. Murphy, a veteran infielder, was the only player in the group to homer in the final rotation of swings. A small victory. The New York Mets, fresh off a 3-7 stretch after starting the year 13-3, were feeling loose before opening a two-game interleague clash with reigning AL East champion Baltimore. They were answering questions about what was going wrong during that stretch.
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May 6, 2015
Four of the six worst batting averages in the NL belong to Phillies or ex-Phillies (through Sunday): 79. Ryan Howard .193 80. Josh Harrison .188 81. Marlon Byrd .181 81. Jay Bruce .181 83. Jimmy Rollins .176 84. Chase Utley .108
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May 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Ryan Howard Friday became the Phillies' all-time leader in games played at first base. He past Fred Luderus, who played 1,298 games at first game for the Phillies from 1910-20. Saturday, Howard reaches another career milestone. Howard's major league service time reaches 10 years. "It means I've been in the league for 10 years," Howard said. "That's an endeavor in itself. " And that's true. But, as a player with 10 years of big-league service time and at least the last five years with the same team, Howard also earns this: the right to refuse any trade.
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