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.
August 19, 2013 |
The door was open to Charlie Manuel's office, and the manager was fidgety. The summers blend together now because there were many. But this was three years ago, on a weekday morning at Wrigley Field, during happier days for a man who dedicated his life to baseball. Chances are he beat every one of his players to the ancient ballpark. Baseball needed Charlie Manuel. He wanted to talk to someone. Anyone. Manuel radiated in the hours before a game. He told jokes. He taught hitting. He held small children.
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.
May 5, 2006 |
On a night the Phillies finally clawed their way to .500 - and it has taken a five-game winning streak to get there - they still seemed far removed from where they swear they should be as a team. Cory Lidle, one of the Phillies' few starting pitchers who hasn't been half bad, picked up the win with another competent performance as the Phils beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-3, last night to complete a two-game sweep of their longtime National League East nemeses. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard homered to support Lidle at Citizens Bank Park.
May 9, 2001 |
The Phillies spent $3 million on closer Mike Jackson before the 2000 season and received nothing but medical bills in return. It was just another trip on the wheel of misfortune for a team that may well have inspired the cliche about bad luck and no luck at all. This season, however, has been different. This year's closer, Jose Mesa, is healthy and effective, if not always economical. This year's bullpen is efficient. This year's free-agent signings have been fruitful. And, now, even Jackson has helped the first-place Phillies win a game, albeit in the uniform of the opposing team.
June 23, 2001 |
The main plot was the first-place Phillies against the second-place Florida Marlins, a matchup of two surprising teams trying to win the National League East. The subplot was not bad, either. In a battle of little men who have had a big impact on their teams, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo were trying to steal the show. "It's kind of like Sammy and Mark," Rollins said in reference to the 1998 season-long home run contest between the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa and the St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire.