Galvis to Start Over Rollins Again

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, March 13, 2014 05:30 PM | Comments: 59
2014 Spring Training

Ryne Sandberg has been favoring Freddy Galvis at shortstop as of late. That trend continues again today as Galvis is scheduled to start at shortstop for the third consecutive game as the Phillies take on the Yankees today at Bright House Field. Galvis, who went 1-2 with a triple, walk, and RBI in yesterday’s 6-5 win against the Orioles, has been a favorite of Sandberg throughout the offseason as he hinted that Galvis will make the team as a utility player.

When asked about Rollins’ health and that if he’s just getting a break, Sanberg said, “No, he’s fine.”

According to Rollins himself, Sandberg is “Upset about something” but he hasn’t explained his recent benching.

We’ve seen Rollins get benched before by Charlie Manuel for a lack of hustle, so this isn’t anything new for the veteran shortstop.

Todd Zolecki reported that when Sandberg was asked if Galvis could challenge Rollins for playing time this upcoming season, Sandberg said, “Freddy’s a guy that will get playing time at various positions. He’s a guy that I like in the lineup. I feel good about what he brings to the table. The biggest thing I like is his energy and positive influence. His positive influence on everybody that’s around him.”

Galvis, who is batting .148 with a .258 OBP, has not necessarily outplayed Rollins, who is batting .133 with a .316 OBP.

It’ll be interesting to see what transpires over the next couple of days. Rollins is still expected to be the Opening Day starter, but perhaps this is the start of a rocky relationship between player and coach.

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  • Posts: 0 Keith L

    I’m hoping this is the start of a trend, but Rollins is scheduled to start tomorrow. I just hope there’s no truth to the rumor out of NYC that the Mets have called about Galvis.

    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      Rollins is twice the player Galvis is so I’m really not sure what trend you’re referring to.

      • Posts: 0 Kim

        JRoll doesn’t hustle unless it’s a contract yr. Hes old. Used up. Get fresh meat in there. Galvis is quite a sight to see

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    Rollins has been a thorn in the sides of at least 3 managers. Bowa, Manuel and now Sandberg.

    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      I doubt if Charlie Manuel thought that Rollins was a “thorn in his side.” Uhhhhh….wasn’t it Rollins that said before the ’08 season that they were the team to beat? Wasn’t Rollins at the center of the Phillies string of success from 2007-2011? I would imagine that Charlie was pretty grateful that he had Rollins on his team.

      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        Chuck I agree in what you said about doubting Manuals feelings for Rollins. In fact you’re correct in your whole post!
        You know I’ve had my misgivings with Rollins in the past. But I’ll give Rollins his due. he will be known as the best SS in the clubs history, and I think he has a chance to end up in the Hall of fame. He should be considered by his stats. I was excited as hell when he came up, but over time I don’t know he rubbed me the wrong way with his demeanor and lack of hustle at times.
        I actually think if Galvis is given the chance to play everyday he will be fine. Will he give us Rollins type offense? Probably not. But Rollins skills have diminished, he’s still a fine SS but he’s starting to lose his lateral range. And his speed. On a scale I would say that Rollins is lowering his output down offensively, defensively, and speed wise closer to Galvis. While Freddy is or can raise his up. So in my eyes Galvis would be the choice.
        If you remember 2 years ago Galvis lead the team in RBI in spring training with 35, and the first 2 months of the same season he was leading the team or close to it in RBI during the regular season. I would give him more time at short. It’s nothing against Rollins, but it’s time to get younger. Hopefully this kid Crawford can become the SS of the future, he looks like he’s gonna be a real good one.

      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        TODAY in Phillies history…

        1963: Purchased Ryne Duren from Los Angeles (AL)


        Duren had a pretty good year in 1963, 6-2 and 3.30 ERA, with 84 Ks in 87 1/3 innings. The Phils sold him to the Reds in May 1964, only to re-sign him as a free agent at the start of 1965.

      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Meant to mention, for anyone who doesn’t know, Sandberg and Duren are the only “Ryne”s to every play major league baseball, and in fact Sandberg was named after Duren.

      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Ryne Duren was also known by the nickname, “Ryno” but I knew him better by the moniker, “Blind Ryne.”

        Funny that he was named after a pitcher on the 1963 team rather than an infielder – but then his name might have been Wine Sandberg… or Ruben Sandberg.

      • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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        Duren hadn’t come to the Phils yet when Sandberg was born in 1959. Still a Yankee at that point, but maybe the link is that Duren played in Seattle and Vancouver in the mid-50s, near where Sandberg grew up.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    You’ll get less than last year’s monstrous .250 average this season and less defense. Galvis is hungry and teachable. Rollins should retire. Thanks for the memories.

    • Posts: 0 Abel

      I agree with you bruce j roll needs to retire and let the young guys get more playing time and also i never undrtstood why people say a player should play because he’s making a ton of money if he’s hurting the team any way shape or form thar person should be bench. Hopfully j roll bounces back but if he doesnt ryno should bench him

      • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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        Abel, no offense, but is that serious? If he retires he throws away the rest of his contract, at a time when he’s still better than half the starting major league starters at SS.

      • Posts: 0 Abel

        Im not saying he should retire now that would be really stupid him all im saying is if his numbers are shit this year and ryno does bench him he should think about retiring after this year

      • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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        Ok. You said “j roll needs to retire” so that confused me.

        The question remains, if he has a contract for one more year, why in the world would anyone throw that away, even if his numbers are “shit” this year? Wouldn’t that still be stupid?

        You know, even in 2013, he was worth 1.6 war according to fangraphs. There is some debate about the current value of 1 war on the open market, but the range of the debate is a low of $5M and a high of $7M. That makes his value in 2013 somewhere between $8M and $11M. Even if the Phillies think they can replace that production at a lower cost, why wouldn’t he look to play somewhere else?

      • Posts: 0 Abel

        I see what your saying but let me ask u this and im not all that familiar with war and all that stuff im just trying to get into it recently but whats is his worth offensely im sure his defense is top 10 in the league probably top 5

      • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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        Yes, he was better defensively that offensively last year, his worst year at the plate since 2002. And was still worth $8-11 M.

      • Posts: 0 Abel

        That’s my point if his deffense drops a noch or two its going to be a long season for him and also i may have been a little I’ve overboard saying he should retire. If he wants to stay in the line up he better play some ridiculous ss

  • Posts: 8 Groty

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    Old school tactic.

    Take the leader in the locker room and use him as an example to shake up the team. He can’t bench everyone, just get his point across.

    Hell, it was probably JRoll’s idea!

    But that’s boring, so let the radio shows and fans speculate away…

  • Posts: 0 Jen

    It bothers me more that a professional baseball coach didn’t address his player immediately & handle whatever issue he may have with him behind closed doors. Pulling a veteran starter from the lineup & not speaking to him for a few days is ridiculous. Yes we have to put up with “the Jimmy’s” from time to time but this is not something that should be played out in the media. This team has an uphill battle this season and doesn’t need something like this during ST.

    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland


      Squared, in fact.

      But at least as I read it, Sandberg seemed regretful about the “no comment” quote that pedaled this “story” into the fast lane.

      • Posts: 0 George

        It seems Sandberg had some regrets. But benching a player without telling him why, and then being non-commital to the media, who any fool knows would jump all over a no- comment and maybe even try to stir up Rollins with it, is something Sandberg should have thought about in advance. After all, he was a player for years and yeras, then a manager in the minors for a few more.

        I hope he’s learned from this incident, or he’ll be a putrid manager.

  • Posts: 0 jtk

    I think it comes down to Sandberg expecting Rollins to be a veteran leader and Rollin’s statement setting a bad example for some of the other guys at ST

  • Posts: 0 mudmin

    Yeah. It’s pretty common practice to scratch/pull someone for not hustling but 3 days without (supposedly) talking to J-roll sounds a bit childish to me. Obviously, I’m not there, but if Sandberg is going to be the leader of this team, he needs to address this. We really don’t need anymore drama.

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    I’ll take Rollins over Galvis any day. Sandburg will be gone in a year or two

  • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

    The Phillies are now ranked 27th in ESPN’s five year Future Power Rankings. They scored a 30.5 total on a 0-100 scale. Boston scored 89.1 and St. Louis 82.3.

    Phillies’ management (which includes ownership, front office, and on-field) scored a 2, which was the worst of all 30 teams. By comparison, St, Louis and Tampa Bay received a 29 management score, Boston and Oakland received a 27.

    They did score a 24 in team finances, but as we’ve seen that doesn’t really help when the FO has no clue as on how to allocate resources.


    • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

      Five year projections for kids are pretty dubious.

  • Posts: 0 skylar0201

    As much as Rollins was well over paid the last couple of years I am perfectly fine with us it is long overdue. I’m not saying that Rollins needs to be benched everyday but when he is not hustling and not playing with the money he is being paid for, I am perfectly fine with Galvis starting over Rollins. This team especially the offense has dragged its rear for far too long and I’m frankly sick of it.

    • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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      1) where did you get the idea that Rollins was overpaid the last two years? According to fangraphs, he was worth 6.4 wins the last two years, which, based on recent history in the FA market, would cost $29 million to acquire. Rollins was paid only $22 million. He was overpaid in 2013, but well *under*paid in 2012, and underpaid overall over the last two years.

      2) it’s kind of crazy that anyone would choose Galvis over Rollins in order to *improve* the offense.

  • Posts: 0 K.gillette

    …this story is inflated junk…it’s spring training and Freddy galvis needs more starts than j-roll… Let’s not get too jumpy yet the season hasn’t even started…

  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Won two in a row! Have to make sure that I save my vacation for the playoffs and World Series.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Well we dont know what Sandberg problem is with Rollins. Wild guess but it can be that Sandberg is perhaps trying to coach a new approach(kinda rhymes) and Rollins isnt buying into it. I suspect something is up since the Phils have been trying to trade Rollins. Think the Phils have possible soured on J-Roll. However we really dont know.

  • Posts: 0 Brian

    Not sure why people would think we are a better team with Freddy over Rollins. He may have his moments, but he is a former MVP, All-Star and he is closing in on 200 HR’s. Freddy’s resume isn’t as impressive. When his number gets retired, all of the “fans” and “experts” better not be there saying how great of a player he was and how much they loved him…..

  • Posts: 0 Jay

    You have got to be kidding me- Galvis has peaked! Rollins might be in the HOF and Galvis? Nothing against him but he’s more in the line of being a utility player- like he has been

  • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

    It’s really amazing how how much hatred there is out there for Jimmy Rollins…

    • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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      Yeah, there i’s a vocal minority that just doesn’t like him.

      • Posts: 0 Chris

        Personally I’ve found it to be the majority. Friends, coworkers, etc. It just goes to show you how much selfishness, laziness and poor attitude can eventually overshadow ability. Granted, he’s not like that all the time, but there have been enough incidents over the years to tarnish what has been a very good career. BTW…i just read an article on Howard changing his approach at the plate. When was the last time Rollins adjusted his approach?

      • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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        Well, he has gone from walking less than average to walking more than average in recent years:

        2000-2007: 7.1% of at bats
        2010-2013: 9.2% of at bats (mlb average is 8.1%); the last time he led off a lot in 2012, he had the 3rd highest walk rate among the 16 NL leadoff hitters.

        Regarding the character traits that you attribute to him from a distance, without really knowing anything about him, I suppose it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

        The “selfish” tag usually refers to him preferring the leadoff spot. How many Phillies regulars can you name who would have fit better in the leadoff spot than where they actually hit in the lineup?

        The “lazy” tag usually refers to him not running full speed down the line on sure outs, which (like it or not) is pretty common in baseball. He’s not lazy in the field. He’s not lazy on the basepaths. Hes’ not lazy in staying in shape.

        The “poor attitude” — this is so nebulous, I’ll need more specifics.

      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        Yea schmenk You’re right! I’m probably one of the vocal minority. The fact is. I don’t like a lot of things about Rollins but I will say this I’d take Rollins over Galvis any day. When he’s producing like he should that is. What I tried to say earlier was if his production continues to go down, Then he’s approaching Galvis level of production then go with the guy who will probably be a better defender until Crawford is ready. I don’t want to bash J-Roll as I have in the past simply because I do agree that he’s got a chance to be a HOFer with the career stats he’s put up.
        Oh and thanks for the Ryno info. You da man schmenk. I used to have his BB card back in the day. I picked this name I use simply because I never heard the name Ryne ever since him, then Sandberg was a Phillie . And of course the coke bottle glasses. My uncle was a huge A’s and Yankee fan along with a big Phils fan. He told me that Ryne threw pretty darn hard and was wild as a turkey. My uncle was a Yankee fan because in WWII he srved in the Army in china and played BB over there with Joe D’s brother Dom. and after the war he met with Joe D. Courtesy of Dom. Must’ve been neat to root for the A’s, Phils and Yanks back then.

  • Posts: 0 Bob

    It’s really amazing how much you love him.

    • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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      Bob, not to speak for Chuck, but for me it’s a combination of these factors:

      - greatest by far in team history at a key position
      - integral part of 5-peat and WS champtionship team
      - has flaws like any player, but they are blown way out of proportion
      - attacks on him are emotional, with little basis in fact or reality (see “only hustles in contract year”, or “well over paid” in this thread alone.

      For all of that, at least for me, he deserves defending.

      • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

        Well said, schmenkman. All of that is exactly how I feel.

    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      So it’s amazing that I would like a player that was incredibly instrumental in our recent run of success and pretty much challenged his team in 2008 by saying before the season started that they were the team to beat that year?

      • Posts: 0 Jebidiah Atkinson

        The “we’re the team to beat” quote was actually made the year before, in spring training of 2007. That was the year that the Phillies overtook the Mets in September after being seven games behind with 17 to play.

  • Posts: 205 photoFred

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    Rollins is the sort of player that can occasionally rub folks the wrong way with his “lack of hustle.” But what does that amount to, really? The only manifestation of that is sometimes he doesn’t bust it to 1st on a sure out. Okay—that’s not the way we were taught to play. It’s not ideal. But how many reaches in his career has he squandered by jogging the last 30′? One, two? Not many.

    Yes, it looks bad and I wish he didn’t do it but he’s been a *great* player—the best shortstop I’ve ever seen on the Phightins and I’ve been around a while. A good long while. I really don’t understand the depth of, well, hatred I sometimes see directed at him. I would hate to think that what might quite rightly be minor annoyance is sometimes magnified by…(deep breath)…racial prejudice.

    I’m not pointing fingers at ANYONE on this list, BTW. Just making a personal observation.

    • Posts: 0 Vinnie

      There are a lot of comments about “lack of hustle”. Where in the last week has this happened that he should be benched for? The comments are mostly about an incident that happened in the past when Sanburg wasn’t even here.

      I know he made a comment that may have not been the best, I don’t think he should be benched just for that. Sanburg should have told him why he wasn’t playing, simple as that. Instead, it has festered into something that is out of control at this point.

      I put this all on Sanburg.

    • Posts: 0 Dave

      Hatred is a strong word Fred. I don’t hate Rollins. In fact far from it. He just annoys me with all the things we’ve discussed on this board ad nauseam.

      • Posts: 205 photoFred

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        Yeh, I know. Like I said, not pointing fingers.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

    All of you who are complaining about Rollins right now will probably be the same ones that will wish he was back here when or if he ever leaves and plays for another team.

    • Posts: 0 mark

      so true Chuck…like i said JROLL same player in 2008 2009 when he was a hero in this town, ungrateful fans

  • Posts: 0 mark

    I really dont want to start this again but if you all were true phils phans you would have gotten this by now…AS JROLL GOES THE PHILS GO…PERIOD!!!! He is the same player we all loved in 2008 and 2009. In actuality the problem here is that Ryan is just showing his inexperience as a manager and lack of professionalism…This team will not and cannot win without JROLL…All you Galvis lovers remember look at his stats after he played for long periods of time his stats/production was terrible. Bench players are bench players for a reason…I say trade Sandberg and Galvis to the mets for some gatorade and lets move on and also through in Amaro as well pleaseeee

  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Doug Glanville put the Sandberg-Rollins “feud” into perspective in his column for ESPN:


    Basically, Glanville wrote the obvious but something that escapes many of us when passion for the game is involved – it takes all kinds of personalities to make up a team.
    When things are going well, those disparate personalities complement each other.
    When the team is struggling…
    As Glanville sees it (having been a teammate of both Ryno and Jimmy), things are already fine between the two men.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Rollins and Howard were the 2 most crucial players in 2008.

    I can even agree to that. Although some others where more important IMO.

    That’s great and all.

    They are also the 2 most responsible for the drastic decline.

    It isn’t their fault the GM is a moron though.
    Cant blame them for their contracts or that in 2014 the moron GM still has them penciled in as 2 of the top 4 players in the line up.

    Fire amaro.

    Should have happened years ago.

    Until that happens its all moot.

    There is no hope.

    Even a person intentionally sabotaging a major league team could do the damage Ruben has done to this organization.

    Its 2014 not 2008 LOL

    Fans make me laugh.

    Sadly we have a GM who is at a rah rah fan level.

    90 losses here we come.

    I just hope the Mets lose one more game this year.

    • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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      Well….we know that the start of the season is drawing near when AFW begins coming out of hibernation….

      • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

        Thank you Chuck.

        I am always anxious to see where you are rating the squad and the players.

        As a refresher.

        In yahoo fantasy.

        Ryan Howard is currently the 29th selected first baseman. That is 212ths overall and the 21st round.

        Chase Utley is currently the 14th second baseman. 155th over all and round 15.

        Jimmy Rollins is currently the 17th SS taken. 193rd overall and the 18th round.

        Tough to beat that kind of a bang for a buck.
        When you have the 3rd highest salary in the majors.

        Even the most stupid fantasy player couldn’t duplicate Ruben Amaro.

        But he is still the Phillies GM.

        See you opening day.

      • Posts: 882 schmenkman

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        This is akin to telling the patient who knows he has terminal cancer that he’s ugly, too.

      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        Soo funny schmenk! That reminded me of a joke where the guy goes to the Dr. and the Dr. tells him he has 6 months to live. The guys asks. Can I get a second opinion? The Doc.say sure, you’re ugly too. Or the Doc says you have 6ths months to live, and the guy pauses and says geez how much do I owe you? When the Doc tells him he says geez I can’t afford that! I don’t have enough time to pay! The Doc then says ok you got 12 months.lol

  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Andrew – re: “I just hope the Mets lose one more game this year.”

    You should hope they win one more game than the Marlins this year.

    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      That is, you should hope the Phils win at least one more game than the Marlins.
      Far from a lock.

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