Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rollins bashing shouldn't be focus of Ryno's Wrath



Jimmy Rollins stellar career with the Phillies is secure but Sandberg wants more from Jimmy now



One of the first couple things that Ryne Sandberg mentioned about the Phillies soon after taking over the team is about player's responsibility and obligation to the team. Obviously players that have been with the Phillies for the last few seasons know all about that.

Talk then drifted to different players on the team, and one of the players that was singled out by Sandberg was Jimmy Rollins. No, not in a way that Charlie Manuel may have approached it, but very public and to the press it was said that Rollins had to 'pick up his game.'

Shortstops rarely carry a team, and though Jimmy Rollins has at times set the pace for this team with his optimism and enthusiasm, the focus shouldn't be on turning on him and laying blame on Rollins for what has happened to this team.

Yes, Rollins numbers are down, but he's also 34 years old and in the late innings of his career. Is he ready to retire? Probably not, but I think we've already seen the best years of Jimmy Rollins and to think that he is going to 'turn things around' and suddenly find the fountain of youth is very foolish and kind of strange.

Ryne just has to look back at his own career to see where Jimmy is in relation to where Sandberg was at 34 years old. Sandberg played 14 total seasons in the majors (the same number of years Rollins is at now)- he retired in June of 1994 at 34 years old when he announced that  "I am certainly not the type of person who can ask the Cubs organization and the Chicago Cubs fans to pay my salary when I am not happy with my mental approach and my performance,"  he stayed retired in 1995. He rejoined the Cubs in 1996 for the final two seasons in baseball for a grand total of 16 years as a Major Leaguer and was on his way to the Hall of Fame.

Rollins defense was simply to say words to the effect of 'Look at what's going on here." In other words saying that the poor play that the Phillies have exhibited this season is contagious and it's a tough climate to try to and be great in. That's about what the Phillies looked like at certain times this season, that they had started getting comfortable in losing and playing poorly.


Jimmy Rollins career stats as of 8/21/13:


Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA OBP
2000 21 PHI 14 55 53 5 17 1 1 0 5 3 .321 .345
2001 22 PHI 158 720 656 97 180 29 12 14 54 46 .274 .323
2002 23 PHI 154 705 637 82 156 33 10 11 60 31 .245 .306
2003 24 PHI 156 689 628 85 165 42 6 8 62 20 .263 .320
2004 25 PHI 154 725 657 119 190 43 12 14 73 30 .289 .348
2005 26 PHI 158 732 677 115 196 38 11 12 54 41 .290 .338
2006 27 PHI 158 758 689 127 191 45 9 25 83 36 .277 .334
2007 28 PHI 162 778 716 139 212 38 20 30 94 41 .296 .344
2008 29 PHI 137 625 556 76 154 38 9 11 59 47 .277 .349
2009 30 PHI 155 725 672 100 168 43 5 21 77 31 .250 .296
2010 31 PHI 88 394 350 48 85 16 3 8 41 17 .243 .320
2011 32 PHI 142 631 567 87 152 22 2 16 63 30 .268 .338
2012 33 PHI 156 699 632 102 158 33 5 23 68 30 .250 .316
2013 34 PHI 124 516 470 45 115 23 2 5 34 15 .245 .302
14 Yrs 1916 8752 7960 1227 2139 444 107 198 827 418 .269 .326
162 Game Avg. 162 740 673 104 181 38 9 17 70 35 .269 .326
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/21/2013.



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