October 19, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Jimmy Rollins grew up just across the bay, a bridge and a world away from the glitz of San Francisco. That doesn't mean, however, that the Phillies shortstop is coming home for the second act of the National League Championship Series. Rollins may be from here, but he's a Philadelphia guy now. As much as any of our adopted athletic heroes, Rollins belongs to the place where he plays rather than the place where he was born. Thanks to these Phillies, an entire region believes its beloved baseball team can step out on the field and win and win and win. With one championship delivered, one just missed and another in their sights, these Phillies have transformed the way a city thinks of its baseball franchise and just maybe of itself.
April 14, 2010 |
Jimmy Rollins is likely still headed for the disabled list with a strained right calf, but the Phillies decided to delay any decision on their shortstop's status for at least one day. After suffering the injury while running wind sprints just before the start of the home opener Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, Rollins went to Jefferson Hospital's Rothman Institute on Tuesday afternoon for a magnetic resonance imaging examination that confirmed...
September 26, 2006 |
Hoping they weren't marking a goodbye to Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies nonetheless gave their fans a memorable 3 1/2-hour home finale to what turned out to be a wild regular season. Unfortunately for the Phillies, it became a little too wild. Three walks issued by relievers Rick White and Matt Smith set up a three-run Houston seventh inning that was capped by an infield single by pinch-hitter Mike Lamb that clinched a 5-4 Astros victory last night. The loss dropped the Phillies back into a tie for the wild-card lead with the idle Los Angeles Dodgers.
June 6, 2012 |
Every baseball season has its landmark moments. Opening day, the All-Star Game, and the trade deadline are all part of the annual cycle. And if you follow the Phillies, there is always that point in every season when you wonder why in the name of Pete Rose is Jimmy Rollins still batting leadoff. It arrives at different times for different people, but almost everyone at some point questions manager Charlie Manuel's logic for sticking with Rollins at the top spot in the lineup.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES — Logic is not always applicable when the topic is the Dodgers, a team that 4 years ago traded away a blue-chip catcher named Carlos Santana in exchange for 2 months from a third baseman named Casey Blake. But when you consider the context — LA was in dire need of a veteran third baseman and would eventually compete in the NLCS; Santana was at Class A — the deal made at least a hint of sense at the time. Contrast that with the most recent cow pellet to be dropped into baseball's midseason hot stove: According to several media outlets, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has fingered Jimmy Rollins as a potential solution to the club's woes at shortstop.
March 31, 2003 |
It looks like a good plan. Add David Bell, Jim Thome and Kevin Millwood to Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu and Randy Wolf and you'd think the sum of those parts would be enough to make the Phillies a contender in 2003. What could possibly go wrong for a team that invested so much time and money into getting better during the off-season? Take a look up the middle. That's a vital part of any baseball team's success or failure, and it's possible it could be a strength for the Phillies this season.
May 26, 2006 |
The Phillies' offense had become stale and needed a kick-start. So Charlie Manuel started at the top. He batted Shane Victorino first and Jimmy Rollins sixth yesterday in a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. It marked the first time that Rollins had not hit leadoff since June 3, but the move was expected to be temporary with Aaron Rowand ready to return to the lineup tomorrow. Victorino was 1 for 4; Rollins was 0 for 4. "The order was fine," Rollins said.
August 22, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Once a long Sunday at the ballpark ended, the only item in Jimmy Rollins' locker was a red bag with No. 11 on it. Rollins was long gone, and thus it was difficult to discern how serious a right groin strain he suffered sometime in the first three innings was. Across the room, Placido Polanco dressed with a smile. He was upbeat because he received clearance from the team's doctors and athletic trainers to come off the disabled list for a sports hernia when eligible on Monday.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES – If the Phillies are going to make the kind of second-half run they insist is possible, they likely will need to utilize the same formula that Monday night led to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. That means excellent starting pitching, near-flawless relief, and some timely hitting from their established stars. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins both hit solo home runs, while Joe Blanton held the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings before turning things over to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth as the Phillies won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.
February 21, 2007 |
He said it. He meant it. So Jimmy Rollins repeated his proclamation, saying yesterday that the Phillies - a team that hasn't made the postseason since 1993 - is the team to beat in the National League East. Not the New York Mets. Not the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies. "We're the team to beat. I can't put it any other way," Rollins said at Bright House Networks Field after the team's first full-squad workout. "Look at our team and what we're bringing. Look at the improvements we've made.