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March 29, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over his 14 years in the major leagues, Jimmy Rollins has changed and stayed the same in all the ways you'd expect, unless you are the Phillies. He has remained a terrific defensive shortstop, his arm still strong and accurate, his positioning and footwork still sound, his range still more than adequate. His offensive production has declined, a trend common to a player who is 35 years old, and is likely to continue to decline. And his ego has stayed healthy, commensurate with a career in which he won the National League MVP award, should soon become the Phillies' all-time hits leader, and sometimes presumed that he could get away with giving less than full effort.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
One day they will hold a ceremony for each and every one of them at Citizens Bank Park. A plaque with their likenesses, names, and career accomplishments will be attached to the brick wall in center field that is reserved for only the most revered of Phillies. They will receive a standing ovation and be asked to make a speech, and it will be a special night with their former teammates and other Phillies greats by their side. That's not just a forecast for the futures of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels.
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March 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - One of the more pleasant surprises in baseball last year was the progress of Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown, at least through the first part of the season. Brown, who never had more than 212 plate appearances in his first three seasons with the Phillies, became a National League all-star. He finished his first full season hitting .272 with 27 home runs and 83 RBIs in 540 plate appearances. The only person who didn't consider Brown's season a surprise was the leftfielder himself.
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March 25, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's the great part about Jimmy Rollins occasionally holding a metal bat atop City Hall during a lightning storm: The flash it produces often blinds us, temporarily at least, to some of the Phillies' other concerns of this enigmatic spring. Ryan Howard hit just his second home run the other day. Chase Utley is batting .196 with just one extra-base hit. And then there's Dom Brown. Until he doubled twice yesterday in the 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, Brown had just six hits in 38 at-bats and had whiffed 13 times.
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March 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was calm, cool, and composed. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn't have been more livid. Both were responding to an ESPN.com report claiming that some Phillies officials want Rollins to be a better leader through his work habits. Some in the organization want to trade him if he does not improve, the website said. After morning batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Rollins said he had heard about the report.
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March 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - So Ryne Sandberg, in his first spring training as the Phillies' manager, has homed in on Jimmy Rollins as his first target to send a message. Sandberg held Rollins out of the starting lineup Thursday for the Phillies' 6-2 victory over the Yankees, the third consecutive game he had the shortstop watching from the dugout. The manager spent 10 minutes after the game denying that there was anything punitive about his benching Rollins, that he wanted to give a player with just 15 at-bats this spring "a break," but it sure was hard to interpret it as anything else.
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March 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Wite-Out covered Jimmy Rollins' name Tuesday morning on the Phillies' lineup card. Someone in the clubhouse called Rollins and told him not to drive to Orlando for the day's game against Atlanta. His presence was no longer mandated. The shortstop's name was missing from Wednesday's lineup, too, and he did not play Thursday. That marked three days on the bench for a healthy regular during the middle of spring training, something Rollins called "unusual. " His manager, Ryne Sandberg, disputed that notion.
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March 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - The chances of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez's filling a much-needed rotation spot in April were dimmed by his drab spring performances. Gonzalez's immediate fate - a trip to the minors - was all but sealed Wednesday when he did not board a bus to Ed Smith Stadium with his Phillies teammates. The $12 million import from Cuba was scratched from his third scheduled Grapefruit League appearance because of right shoulder soreness. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Gonzalez could return this week.
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March 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As of yesterday morning, when the lineup was posted in the clubhouse, Jimmy Rollins wasn't in for today's game in Clearwater against the New York Yankees. It would be the third straight day Rollins is out of the starting lineup. Rollins said he was healthy when he arrived to Bright House Field yesterday. He hit in the indoor cages and ran along the outfield track afterward. "No one has told me [anything about his health]," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said later in the morning.
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March 14, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Let's start with Dan Jennings. He is the new general manager of the Marlins, and he said something interesting the other day. This was in the Boston Globe, in a story about Marlins slugger and human trade rumor Giancarlo Stanton. In his first 4 years in the majors, the 24-year-old outfielder has developed a reputation for two things: pulverizing baseballs and spending time on the disabled list. In baseball circles, the latter is often treated as seriously as the former.
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