A few weeks have passed since the Phillies bowed out of the playoffs early in the first round of the 2011 Division Series. The success of the postseason just wasn’t there this year and the Dream Team of 2011 has to contend with a winter of feeling like they have let themselves down.
Veteran players now of the Phillies are no longer the hungry group that they were in 2008. This team is now almost entirely comprised of highly paid superstars that are making a great living playing baseball in front of the Phillies fans. The 2011 season was one that held great expectations. Nothing short of a World Series appearance would have been fit for this group, and now we are all too aware that this didn’t happen.
Many Phillies won’t be back next year, and among them is one of the best shortstops the Phillies have ever put in the position. Jimmy Rollins is a player that has the longest tenure of any player on the field with the team. He’s been with the Phillies since 2000, when he played in 14 games as a 21 year old.
Jimmy’s next season was his first full season with the team in 2001. Rollins burst onto the MLB stage and hit an incredible 13 triples, and stole 46 bases on the season. He finished 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting in ‘01. Jimmy also started off his career as an All-Star in his first full season. Since 2001, Rollins has been an ‘All-Star’ two other times, in 2002, and 2005. In 2007, Rollins was voted as MVP of the National League. In the ‘07 season Rollins hit 30 HR and 94 RBI, 20 3B, and 38 2B hits.
At 32 years old, Rollins career is hardly over, he still has a lot of baseball to play in his career. How much of it will be rivaling his early part of his career is up to debate. In 2010, Jimmy only appeared in 88 games, and this past season Rollins was in 142 games. Rollins doesn’t strike out much though, in the past 8 years, Rollins never struck out 100 times or more in a season despite having seasons with over 700 AB, and 778 AB in 2007.
Rollins has reportedly said that he wants a 5 year deal. Such a deal would keep Rollins a Phillie for a total of 17 years if that happens. Some factors such as contract amount and this 5 year request may keep that from happening. We’ll see what happens as the winter months unfold. The Phillies reportedly want to retain Rollins, we’ll see how bad they want to keep him within the next few months.
The Cards and the Brewers may have made their hometown fans very happy, but for the TV ratings it is one of the worst televised NLCS series ever. The series is only averaging 2.3% rating across the country. In comparison, the Phillies vs LA Dodgers in 2009 had a 20% rating across the country for that series.