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Writer’s Roundtable: What’s Surprising About the Phillies?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, March 24, 2014 02:04 PM Comments: 29

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Chase hasn’t done much this spring. Is that worrisome? (MLB)

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Question: What has surprised you the most about the Phillies thus far in Spring Training?

Don McGettigan (@DonM409): The biggest surprise to me has been the lack of offense from Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard (hitting .211, .196, and .245 respectively). It’s not that I expected great numbers, or some complete rejuvenation, but I anticipated that the heart of the lineup would buy into the plea for better at bats from the coaching staff. The only chance this team has to contend is to get production from the 2-3-4 spots in the lineup, and so far the intended lineup just hasn’t shown anything worth getting excited about.

Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidman): The biggest surprise for me has been Mario Hollands, the Phillies’ towering lefty pitcher who wasn’t even protected in the Rule 5 draft, but who has a genuine shot to make the team out of camp. Hollands could be an X-factor this year because of his versatility. He could be a long reliever, a spot starter, or a LOOGY (Left-handed One Out Guy). Why not give that all-purpose role to a guy like Hollands who has a mid-90s fastball and some upside, rather than a Jeff Manship or a Sean O’Sullivan or a Shawn Camp?

Jon Nisula (@JNisula): My biggest surprise is the Jimmy Rollins saga. One of the best players in Phillies history is being treated like a villain in already one of the worst offseasons in recent history. Regardless of what side you’re on with the J-Roll thing, this is just a horrible way to go into the season.

Pat Gallen (@PatGallen_975): Actually, the most surprising part of Spring Training has been the absolute lack of any mojo or juice pertaining to the team. No one is talking about the team in a positive way. You might say that isn’t surprising given the lack of good baseball over the past two seasons, but it still surprises me.

That falls more on the players. Very few Phillies have given us anything positive to report. But what’s surprising is that normally a player or two will jump off the page at you in a given Spring Training by hitting .400, smashing eight homers, or just being a complete unknown that turns heads. Corey describes Mario Hollands as that guy, but even he has pretty much flown under the radar.

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Rollins: “I can’t be traded”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 19, 2014 05:40 PM Comments: 36

Jimmy Rollins reiterated today that he will not be going anywhere, responding to an earlier report from Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Olney said that members of the organization would like to move on from Rollins, as he has not taken on a leadership role in the way they’ve wanted.

Rollins spoke at length about the issue today in Clearwater and told the Inquirer this:

Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, was relaxed when discussing the matter and didn’t seem irritated for one simple reason.

“Because they can’t trade me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care which way it has tried to be twisted or said, if it is exactly how it was said or if it was said, I can’t be traded.”

Sounds like a man who knows what he wants. And Since Rollins owns the 10/5 rights, he can decline any deal, and it appears he will.

Ruben Amaro seemed disgusted when asked about this:

“It’s absolutely silly, It’s absolute silliness. Jimmy Rollins is our shortstop,” Amaro said. “One of the ways we’re going to be able to win is with Jimmy being Jimmy. In fact, those are the kinds of articles that get thrown out there, not only are they a distraction, they’re dangerous and they’re untrue.”

So which is it? Do high ranking members of the Phillies want Rollins out? Or do you believe Amaro, that these are dangerous accusations?

This seems to be a topic that will not go away for the foreseeable future, and Rollins seems to care not.

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Phillies Pushing Away Hall of Fame Level Shortstop

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, March 19, 2014 08:05 AM Comments: 48

Is Rollins a HOF'er like Jeter? (AP)

Is Rollins a HOF’er like Jeter? (AP)

It’s no secret; Phillies franchise shortstop Jimmy Rollins and new manager Ryne Sandberg don’t like each other very much.

Sandberg sent a message by benching Rollins this spring and gave a “no comment” when asked if Rollins was a positive influence on the team. The latest in the Rollins saga is that the front office is wondering if the team would be better off by trading Rollins and appeasing its new manager.

A trade for Rollins seems unlikely as he has a full no trade clause, and likely only wants to play for a west coast teams, none of which have a need at the current position.

If Rollins was eventually moved, the Phillies would be trading away the best shortstop in franchise history. But would they also be trading away a future hall of famer?

Initially, most Phillies fans would say no. I put a poll up asking the public their thoughts on the matter and 62% said no. Whether personal feelings or beliefs play a role in that is unknown.

However, baseball is a game about numbers, and when you look at the numbers James Calvin Rollins has certainly put himself in the conversation.

The not-so-storied franchise that’s been around since 1883 has seen quite a few solid shortstops in its time, and Jimmy Rollins is the best of the bunch. Better than Larry Bowa, better than the Whiz Kids’ Grammy Hamner. Yes, Jimmy Rollins is the best shortstop in franchise history. The diminutive shortstop from Oakland, California holds every offensive record for short stops. At bats, games played hits, runs, doubles, and triples, all. He owns all of them. But let’s move away from the SS and move to the team as a whole.

When it comes to Phillies team records Rollins is also at the top, or close to it. Rollins is second all-time in games played, and 2nd all-time in at bats (a record he will likely pass this year as he is only 262 at bats behind Mike Schmidt). He is 3rd in runs scored, and has a chance to move into second place. Of course, he would need his contract extension to vest. He’s 4th in franchise history in hits, and will pass all those in front of him, including Mike Schmidt, when he gets hit No. 60 this season. He’s the all-time leader in doubles, 3rd in triples, second in stolen bases, and is in the top 10 for homeruns, runs batted in, and walks.

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Enough, Jimmy

Posted by Martin Shnayder, Tue, March 18, 2014 01:15 PM Comments: 57

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1x17gzh1GiBU3l.CRO1U_Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYwMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/person/Ysports/jimmy-rollins-baseball-headshot-photo.jpgJimmy Rollins is unquestionably one of the most successful Philadelphia Phillies players of all time. Rollins is the Phillies all time leader for shortstops in runs scored, HR, SB, RBI, OPS, and SLG. He also ranks second in club history in games played. Defensively, Rollins lead all MLB shortstops from 2000-2013 in defensive runs saved according to FanGraphs’. Of course, Rollins also won the 2007 National League MVP award and was the starting shortstop for the 2008 World Series team.

Despite all the success Rollins has had in his 14 years in Philadelphia he is still one of the most controversial athletes in the city. For good or for bad Rollins has never been scared about opening his mouth. In 2008, the same year the Phillies would go on to win the World Series, Rollins came under flak for going on the Fox Sports’ show “Best Damn Sports Show Period” and calling out Philadelphia fans for being “front-runners.” This resulted in him being booed by the Philly faithful. Rollins has also been benched multiple times in his career for not running out groundballs and pop flies.

More recently, Rollins has been in the middle of a locker room controversy with manager Ryne Sandberg after being benched for multiple games. Coincidently, the benching occurred after Rollins was quoted in the Philadelphia Daily News as saying, “Who cares,” regarding the Phillies offensive struggles thus far in spring training.

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ESPN Report: Rollins Needs to Lead or Leave

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, March 18, 2014 08:24 AM Comments: 71

(AP)

(AP)

Sources tell ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Phillies organization is fed up with Jimmy Rollins and would like to go in a new direction at shortstop. A source also tells Olney it about the work ethic:

“…sources indicate that some in influential positions in the Phillies’ organization want Rollins to lead, by investing himself more thoroughly in daily work and setting a strong example for others. If Rollins isn’t going to do that, the sentiment of some is that the team would be better off moving him as soon as possible.”

Basically from the time Rollins signed a new contract with the Phillies, he’s had to field questions about lifting his no-trade clause, something he will not do. J-Roll has been quoted as wanting to break Mike Schmidt’s franchise record for hits, and topping other categories as well. If/when broken, the records seem to hold little value within the hearts of the fans as the team has recently been called “terrible” by scouts around baseball.

At the beginning of last season, I asked him if he would speak up more because so many of the other veteran voices were either injured or gone and flat out, he said no. Rollins said that he’s always been this way, so why change now.

Manager Ryne Sandberg benched Rollins for a few games last week, perhaps sending a message to the former MVP. But Sandberg said that wasn’t so, that he’s just monitoring his veterans playing days.

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Rollins Back in Starting Lineup

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Fri, March 14, 2014 11:03 AM Comments: 4

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1x17gzh1GiBU3l.CRO1U_Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYwMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/person/Ysports/jimmy-rollins-baseball-headshot-photo.jpgJimmy Rollins will be back in the starting lineup today batting second for the first time since Monday’s game against the Braves.

It was initially thought that Ryne Sandberg was benching Rollins in order to “send a message,” but it turns out it was not disciplinary and was just so Sandberg could get an extended look at the younger Freddy Galvis.

However, Sandberg was upset at Rollins for some comments that he made to the Philadelphia Daily News regarding the Phillies offensive struggles thus far.

“Who Cares,” Rollins said, and then expanded on that by saying Spring Training statistics are not telling of what will happen once the regular season begins.

“I just wanted him to clarify that, because I wanted to make sure that he cared. And I wanted to make sure  – I know that everyone else in the locker room cared. So when he told me about what he was talking about, it made sense…He was referencing himself and where he’s at right now,” said Sandberg

This is not the first time Rollins has attracted media attention for things that he said.

In 2007, Rollins got attention for his comments stating that the Phillies were “the team to beat” in the NL East. Those comments stuck throughout the season and seemed to fuel the Phillies’ quest to claim the division crown.

2013 was Rollins’ worst season of his career, hitting .252 with 6 home runs, 39 RBIs and a career .667 OPS.

Todd Zolecki reported that Rollins is not worried that the Phillies will try to have him share time at shortstop with Galvis over the course of the regular season.

“That hasn’t even crossed my mind,” said Rollins.

“(Rollins is) an important part of the team. He’s got his role on the team as a veteran player, and he comes into Spring Training in very good shape every year, and he has again this year. He’s got his playing time and at-bats coming up. It’s also a long season playing up the middle, so with him and Chase, I’m careful with their games. I know the grind of a season, and Jimmy plays over 150 games a year. It’s the time of the spring right now where he’ll have some time down the stretch,” said Sandberg.

Despite Sandberg’s comments saying that he benched Rollins to get more of a look at Galvis and to give Rollins a break, it would not be surprising if Rollins’ “who cares?” comment played a slight role in his benching. That being said, It’s good to see that Sandberg is willing to put his foot down when he sees the need to.

 

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Efficient Hamels Outing Wasted, Phils Fall 3-2

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, September 25, 2013 10:11 PM Comments: 9

Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria broke an eighth inning 2-2 tie off reliever Ethan Martin after a costly Jimmy Rollins throwing error to lead the Marlins to a 3-2 victory and a series win.

Hamels Keeps It Close

Hamels pitched at least five innings for his 74th consecutive start, the longest active streak in Major League Baseball. Hamels threw 103 pitches, 70 for strikes, across six innings, striking out six while give up two runs, both earned. Hechavarria hit a two-run triple in the second inning off Hamels, scoring Justin Ruggiano and Placido Polanco. This was Hamels 25th quality start, ending the year just one behind NL leaders Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright and two ahead of teammate Cliff Lee.

Phillies Out-Hit Marlins, Can’t Piece it Together

The Phillies bats were pretty active Wednesday night but they struggled to string it together to score any runs. The Fightins outhit the Fish 10-6, including three hits from third baseman Freddy Galvis, two from Chase Utley, and two from Domonic Brown but left 15 men on. In a statistical oddity, the Phillies were 3 for 8 with runners in scoring position but only scored two runs. Weird.

Pair of Questionable Calls Don’t Decide Outcome

Umpire Dale Scott blew what could have been a pivotal call in the seventh on an Ed Lucas fielder’s choice. This blown call was immediately followed up by CB Bucknor calling Christian Yelich out when Cesar Jimenez tug Yelich out with his bare hand. Very werid.

The Phillies start their final series of the 2013 campaign tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves sit just one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the number one seed in the National League. The Phillies will send Tyler Cloyd to the mound against righty David Hale.

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Halladay Beats Marlins in Possible Last Start in Philly

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 17, 2013 09:54 PM Comments: 5

Weird to think, but it could be true. We could have witnessed the final start by Roy Halladay in Philadelphia as a member of the Phillies. Over six innings, Halladay gave up just one run on four hits as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4

Jonathan Papelbon made it extremely interesting in the ninth, allowing one run on three hits.

Halladay’s fastball was around 85-88 most of the evening and if the opposition were a little bit more apt to hit, it may have been a different outcome.  He’s just not as sharp as he needs to be if he wants to pitch consistently into the sixth, seventh, or even eighth inning. Halladay walked three and struck out just two.

Think about how weird it would be if Halladay never stepped on a mound as a member of the Phils again. Clearly, his skills are eroding, and have done so rapidly. There’s a chance that the Phillies see something in him this offseason that would move the team to bring him back. But he’ll have to show them that his velocity has increased and leveled off somewhere near 90, and that he can control his pitches well enough. It’s a tough road ahead.

However, we have the good times, too. The no-hitter, the perfect game, the overall awesomeness. So if this is his final start here, it’s been a hell of a run.

As an aside, people hit the ball tonight. Chase Utley went bonkers, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Jimmy Rollins also finished the night 3-for-4, while Cesar Hernandez and Darin Ruf each had two hits. Carlos Ruiz chipped in with two RBI.

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Revisiting Our Offseason Plans

Posted by Eric Seidman, Fri, September 13, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 9

Last November, Pat Gallen, Corey Seidman, Ian Riccaboni and I separately presented our roster plans for the 2013 Phillies. None of us truly believed the Phillies were a contender, but with our suggested acquisitions and some positive breaks, they might have a shot. With only a few weeks left in the season it seems as good a time as any to review our plans.

It’s interesting to note that the four of us agreed on an awful lot – we collectively selected 17 of the 25 roster spots. This was indicative of the few areas the Phillies could toy with. On one hand, agreement on 68% of the roster could suggest that the Phillies didn’t need to alter chunks of the roster or dole out even more lucrative deals. On the other hand, several of those 17 players were already signed to lucrative deals that could have prevented the team from properly filling the remaining spots.

Our starting rotations were identical across the board: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley. These plans were published prior to Worley’s trade to Minnesota, but, at that time, we all felt the Phillies rotation was set. They didn’t need to go out and sign a Dan Haren or Ryan Dempster. If the big three were healthy, and Kendrick continued improving, the rotation was solid.

We also agreed on Carlos Ruiz as the primary catcher with Erik Kratz backing him up. Chooch was coming off of his best season and it was a no-brainer to exercise his meager club option. Kratz, while not that solid of a defender, had hit for enough power to merit the backup role. It didn’t make sense to have one of the prospects back Ruiz up since consistent playing time is integral to their development.

Though there were question marks surrounding the infield triumvirate’s ability to remain both healthy and effective, we all agreed on Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins at their respective positions. Freddy Galvis, Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and John Mayberry all made our teams as well, with Brown as a clear starter and Ruf getting more playing time than Galvis and Mayberry. It was also abundantly clear that Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t going anywhere, and our bullpens all included Antonio Bastardo and Jeremy Horst.

Third base, however, was the first area in which we really presented different plans.

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Phillies score six in the first to fuel win

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 12, 2013 11:28 PM Comments: 12

Richie Ashburn Award: Carlos Ruiz

After scoring 6 runs in the first inning, the Phillies held on tonight to beat the Padres 10-5.  The Phils won their second straight series and are 5-1 in their last six games.

Tonight’s match started after a rain delay and Will Venable led off the game with a home run off Roy Halladay.  Undoubtedly fans worried that we, especially Doc, were going to be in for a long night.  It turned into a long first inning for sure, but it was all good news after that.  With 6 runs on 5 hits, the Phillies jumped all over Padres starter Tyson Ross.

Halladay settled down and pitched well throughout the second, third and fourth innings.  But then he got into serious trouble in the fifth and allowed 4 Padres runs.  Their rally was fueled by 4 straight walks to start the inning then a throwing error Roy himself.  He didn’t make it out of the fifth which means Justin DeFratus left with the win.  DeFratus, along with Cesar Jimenez, Ethan Martin, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman held San Diego hitless over the final four innings.   Despite the win, concern for Halladay remains.

The Phillies offensive output was led by Carlos Ruiz who finished the game 3-3 with a double and 3 RBI out of the cleanup spot.  Chase Utley also drove in two runs and Jimmy Rollins was constantly on base with 2 hits and 2 walks.

The Phils head to Washington for a weekend series against the Nationals.  Kendrick, Hamels and Cloyd will start against Strasberg, Gonzalez and Zimmerman.

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