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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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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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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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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 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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August 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - For the second straight day, third time in four games in Miami, and fifth time in the last six games, Ryan Howard was held out of the starting lineup yesterday. Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins are gone. Chase Utley was traded away, too, last week. Of the 2008 World Series roster, only Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz remain. Ruiz has been splitting time as the starting catcher with Cameron Rupp for the last three months. In the last week Howard has started just once as the rebuilding Phillies go full bore with their youth movement.
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August 23, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
HOUSTON - Not long after the Dodgers were no-hit by Houston's Mike Fiers on Friday night, their clubhouse was a somber outpost of Minute Maid Park. Chase Utley, 0 for 4 in his debut in blue, dressed quickly. While departing from a silence he couldn't have imagined in the long lead-up to the deal that sent him home, he shrugged. "That's baseball," he said, betraying nothing. The carefully cultivated mask, a mix of cool and concentration that for 13 seasons Utley had donned as if it were a required part of his Phillies uniform, got tested on his first day as a Los Angeles Dodger.
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August 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The most apparent reminder that Chase Utley no longer plays for the Phillies was found Thursday inside the visiting team's video room at Marlins Park. This room lined with computer monitors - and the other stations like it across major-league baseball - was typically where one would find Utley, poring over immeasurable amounts of film of that night's starting pitcher or of his at-bats from the previous games. The iconic Phillies second baseman's absence was almost eerie. "It is weird," admitted Kevin Camiscioli, the team's longtime manager of video coaching services.
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August 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One last time, Chase Utley emerged on the field and walked through the handshake line with his teammates after a 7-4 victory over Toronto. When it ended and he approached the steps leading to the tunnel, the Phillies icon offered a casual tip of the cap to the fans gathered behind the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. This was the final act of a storied Phillies career. Late Wednesday, the rebuilding team finalized a trade to send Utley, one of the city's most beloved athletes, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor-league righthander John Richy.
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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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August 21, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS the eve of Independence Day and the Phillies were in Atlanta, but the season was already over. Nobody told Chase Utley. The manager, Ryne Sandberg, had quit on the team. Cole Hamels was pitching like a man resigned to another summer in purgatory. Ut? He was in the hallway between the visitors' clubhouse and the tunnel to the dugout, sitting at a table filled with video monitors. Alone, he watched himself hit, clip after clip after clip, an hour before the Phillies took batting practice.
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August 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The San Francisco Giants have made an offer for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Columnist Bruce Jenkins posted the news on Twitter Thursday night, quoting Giants general manager Bobby Evans as saying he was "just waiting to hear" from the Phillies. "He doubts a deal goes down tonight," Jenkins said. Several teams have made offers for Utley, sources told MLB.com, but no deal is imminent. The Giants expect all-star Joe Panik to return in the coming weeks from a back injury.
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August 14, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
ENJOY THESE resurgent Phillies. Enjoy Odubel Herrera's athletic antics in the outfield. Enjoy Maikel Franco's flashes of brilliance with the glove and the bat. Enjoy Ken Giles' simple cockiness, no doubt sharpened at the feet of an even simpler, cockier mentor. But know this; write it in stone: Promising centerfielders, cornerstone third basemen, and lock-down closers mean nothing without three or four viable starting pitchers. In that area, the Phillies are three or four short.
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August 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The only thing that can block the Phillies from trading Chase Utley now is if the veteran second baseman invokes his no-trade rights. Utley reportedly cleared revocable waivers Tuesday, meaning the Phillies, if given the player's permission, could trade him to any team this month. The six-time all-star has the ability to veto any trade because he has spent 10 years in the major leagues and at least five with the same team. Utley has long maintained his desire to play for the Phillies as long as possible, but since spring training he has said he would listen to trade proposals from the front office out of respect for his longtime club.
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August 7, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
IT WAS only a matter of time before the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers brought the surging, last-place Phillies back to earth. Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco delayed that on Tuesday with a game-winning grand slam, but the rookie slugger couldn't manage to lead his team to a series victory in Game 2 of the series last night. Franco extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI double in the third inning, but the Phils weren't able to compete with the Dodgers' offensive production as Jimmy Rollins and company tied the series with a 4-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
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