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December 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS already played through one Phillies rebuild. He came along shortly after Curt Schilling was traded away and a couple of years before Scott Rolen's ugly Philadelphia divorce was finalized. Rollins made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 2000, at Veterans Stadium, during a season that ended with the Phillies losing 97 games. During the franchise's 132 years of existence, only 15 Phillies teams have finished with more defeats. Rollins jokingly tried to separate himself from that Terry Francona-led team yesterday.
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December 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Minutes after the Phillies traded the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia, the man who inherited that title said farewell in the form of a written statement distributed by the Phillies. And, no, Chase Utley did not request to join Jimmy Rollins in Los Angeles. "The Dodgers are very lucky to acquire a player like Jimmy," Utley said. "I've said it time and time again that Jimmy makes everyone around him better. The team will miss his leadership on the field and his infectious smile, but most of all, I will miss our pregame handshake.
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December 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The phone buzzed Friday morning after Pilates class; the voice on the other end was Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman welcoming Jimmy Rollins to his next baseball life. Rollins had told the Phillies he would play for either them or Los Angeles, and here was the call he expected nine days earlier, a call so unimaginable before. "It just means, really, my time there is up," Rollins said hours later. He spoke Friday, the day he was officially dealt to Los Angeles for two minor-league pitchers, without a hint of nostalgia.
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December 20, 2014 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Los Angeles and San Diego have signed off on the blockbuster deal that will send outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres, sources told ESPN on Thursday night. The six-player deal will pave the way for the trade that will send Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. Zach Eflin, a 20-year-old Padres prospect the Dodgers will receive in the Kemp trade, will go to the Phillies in the Rollins deal. Another Dodgers minor-league pitcher, Tom Windle, is the second piece in the package for Rollins.
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December 19, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND ON THE eighth day, Jimmy Rollins was still a member of the Phillies, but still very likely to end up in Dodger blue sometime soon. Possibly by the time you read this in today's Daily News . Although the Phillies front-office contingent left the Winter Meetings in San Diego more than a week ago, the trade terms they agreed to with the Los Angeles Dodgers had not been finalized as of late last night. It would still be startling, however, if the Rollins trade isn't a done deal before the weekend.
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December 19, 2014 | Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles, and there are no indications that the deal is in jeopardy despite a delayed official announcement. The Rollins trade is tied to a separate transaction - the six-player deal between San Diego and Los Angeles - that has not been finalized. Matt Kemp, the centerpiece of that trade, underwent a physical examination Tuesday in San Diego, according to various published reports. The Dodgers, according to a Los Angeles Times report, were under the assumption Wednesday that nothing endangered the trade.
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December 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Near the end of last season, Jimmy Rollins was asked how far he thought the Phillies were from returning to greatness. "I have no idea," Rollins said. "It could be next year. " A reporter wondered why Rollins considered that possible. "That's what's so great about being a ballplayer," Rollins responded. "We get to write that story. Always have. You put it on paper. You make it official. But we get to write it. " Rollins, last week, wrote his next chapter by surrendering the no-trade rights that, for 17 months prior, were an impediment to any deal.
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December 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The final 24 hours of these winter meetings, once they were unclogged by Jon Lester's decision to sign with the Cubs, assumed a frenzied pace. By the time Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff departed California on Thursday afternoon, they could say the Phillies' demolition had begun. Teams were more willing to do business and now will explore their backup plans involving other Phillies assets. But, after seven starting pitchers changed hands from Wednesday night into Thursday, there was less clarity about where the biggest fish, Cole Hamels, could land.
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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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December 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A baseball clinic at FDR Park, summer of 2009. A teenager went up to Jimmy Rollins and pointed out that he was almost as tall as the Phillies shortstop. "Actually, you are as tall as me," Rollins told him that day. "You could be with us. " That message really hit home, Kelly DuPree said Thursday, with virtually all the ballplayers in his RBI League youth program, which is run out of the Shepard Recreation Center at 57th and Haverford. Rollins may have been Superman to these youngsters, but he was a 5-foot-8 superhero.
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