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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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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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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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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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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 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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June 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - The first in the next wave of Phillies prospects stepped onto the turf at Rogers Centre for a television interview Monday afternoon, and some of his new teammates watched. A few heckled Zach Eflin, who will start Tuesday. Some of them reminisced about their own big-league debuts. Another bear-hugged the 6-foot-6 righthander. Eflin is not the most hyped of the formidable minor-league talent the Phillies have assembled, but he arrived to the majors first. The 22-year-old pitcher saw significance in that.
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June 6, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest pitcher threw Corey Ray an inside fastball, and the Louisville outfielder popped it to shortstop. Ray, one of the top collegiate players in the country, trotted back to the dugout. He opened a black notebook. Ray, 21, viewed his junior year as a time to refine the skills that made him a consensus top-10 pick in this week's Major League Baseball draft before the season even started. He wrote "F6" in his journal. Underneath the failed result, he logged the lesson with three words.
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June 3, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
'ONE OF the hardest guys I've ever had to send out," Pete Mackanin was saying as the afternoon clouds over Citizens Bank Park darkened. "Outstanding teammate, just a great guy. Always upbeat, pulled for everybody, knew his role and accepted it. Just hated to see him go, but we had to do it. " So began another chapter of the Ryan Howard saga, the latest among the comically indecisive missteps that have filled this team's encyclopedia. The Phillies' manager could have been talking about Howard this way, should have been describing him in the glowing terms on his way out that were instead used to announce the demotion of seldom-used bench player Emmanuel Burriss after the Phillies acquired a more prolific journeyman, Jimmy Paredes, for cash, earlier in the day. Howard's demotion to the bench in favor of rookie Tommy Joseph, for at least three games - but clearly what Mackanin hopes is longer - that was the squirm-in-your-seat story that followed, the latest sledgehammer hack on what was once the foundation of the team's golden era; the latest indignation for a man who said minutes later, more resigned than defiant, "I'm not going to quit.
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May 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - Entering Saturday, Odubel Herrera stood with three National League stars. The Phillies centerfielder had started in every one of his team's games, a feat matched only by Joey Votto, Nolan Arenado, and Anthony Rizzo. Could Herrera start all 162? It is unlikely. Just four Phillies have done it, and only Jimmy Rollins has accomplished it in the last 32 seasons. But Herrera said 162 is a goal. And his manager, Pete Mackanin, sees some merit to the idea. "He's full of energy," Mackanin said.
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April 5, 2016
'Son, is your sneaker on fire?" At a major-league game, my father discovered what burning marijuana smelled like. Thirty-five years ago, during a sunny but cold midweek April matinee at Shea Stadium, I identified for him the byproduct emitted from performance-enhancing joints shared between Mets aficionados two rows behind us, adding yet another chapter to the already colorful bond baseball forged among our typically dysfunctional, large Irish-Catholic family....
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February 27, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - J.P. Crawford shuffled into the Phillies clubhouse Thursday morning, stashed a pair of bats in his locker, changed his shoes, grabbed his glove, and hustled outside. His instructor was waiting. The team's top prospect had arrived at the ballpark an hour earlier; he was one of the first position players there. Crawford stretched, lifted weights, and took batting practice. Now, the player the team hopes will blossom into a great shortstop headed to a side field to practice his defense under the tutelage of Larry Bowa, the first great shortstop in team history.
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February 21, 2016
AH, THE PHILLIES and spring training! The mere images breathe life back into a winter-weary fan base, so take a good look! Here they are again in Clearwater, and gone are many of the familiar names and faces that were part of so many spring-training rosters. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels . . . gone. With an updated cast for 2016 comes hope. Our own experts tell us that the Phillies should be at least interesting this season - interesting in that maybe, just maybe, they won't be bordering on 100 losses again.
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December 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - The Phillies' rebuilding project, which began in earnest almost a year ago, continued to roll on this week at the winter meetings, most notably with Wednesday night's trade of closer Ken Giles. The deal added three more young pitchers and another intriguing outfielder to the franchise's arsenal of prospects. In 12 months, the Phillies traded seven players in exchange for 16 prospects as they drastically reshaped a downtrodden farm system. MLB.com ranks 10 of those prospects among the Phillies' top 16. All but one of those players, catcher Jorge Alfaro, is either an outfielder or a pitcher.
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September 14, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
A DAY AFTER the Phillies removed Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager, Jeff Francoeur was up to his usual antics in the team's clubhouse before a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs, joking with his teammates, old and young, and making them practically fall out of their seats with laughter. Francoeur was all smiles, but he took no pleasure from the exit of Amaro, who gave the 31-year-old outfielder another shot in the big leagues when his career seemed to be fading around this time last year.
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