WATCH: Jimmy Rollins Gets Standing Ovation in Return to Citizens Bank Park

 Jimmy Rollins acknowledges the crowd before his at bat during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Jimmy Rollins acknowledges the crowd before his at bat during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Last December, the Phillies began their dismantling of the core that brought them five straight division titles, two pennants and a World Series when they traded Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. Rollins later said he was now “free” at his new team.

Last night, the Dodgers visited Philadelphia for the first time since the trade, and Rollins was penciled in to the leadoff spot against his former team. The crowd responded by giving him a standing ovation before the first at-bat of the game. Players from the Phillies dugout (and on the field) similarly cheered him.

“It was cool,” Rollins told reporters postgame. “And it went longer than I thought. It was a great moment.”

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Jimmy Rollins: Out of Philadelphia, I’m Now “Free”

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins against the Chicago White Sox during a spring training baseball game at Camelback Ranch.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins against the Chicago White Sox during a spring training baseball game at Camelback Ranch.

Last year, Jimmy Rollins passed Mike Schmidt for the most hits in Phillies history. I happened to attend the next day. Rollins led off. He popped up.

“I’ll be so happy when he’s gone,” a fan behind me yelled. “The most overrated player in Phillies history.” It’s impossible to quantify just who is the most overrated player in the long history of the Fightin Phils, but it’s probably not the man with the biggest hit in Phillies history. But there has always been a segment of the fanbase that doesn’t like Rollins. He pops up too much. (Yeah, his infield fly ball numbers are a little higher than average.)

Sometimes, he doesn’t run out grounders. Last year, Pete Rose criticized Rollins for caring about individual statistics. (Yes, Pete Rose, the man who calls himself the Hit King.) The comments on this CSN Philly piece about Rose’s comments tell the story. One fan even calls Rollins a “cancer” on the team!  Read more »

Jimmy Rollins Officially Traded to the Dodgers

More than a week after it was first reported, the trade is finally official: Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies received two pitching prospects, righthander Zach Eflin and lefthander Tom Windle, in the deal.

The possible snag in the trade — a holdup in the deal where the Dodgers would trade Matt Kemp and other players to the Padres for Eflin — was completed last night.

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The Jimmy Rollins Trade May Need to Be Reworked

We were all sad when reports surfaced last week that the Phillies would be trading Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. We even mourned him in animated GIF format!

But it’s now been a week. And the trade hasn’t gone through yet. In the deal, the Phillies would send Rollins to the Dodgers for two minor league pitchers, Zach Eflin and Tom Windle.

The holdup is due to a related Dodgers-Padres trade the teams are attempting to finalize. The Dodgers don’t actually have Zach Eflin yet; he’s on the Padres. Those two teams are attempting to complete a deal that would send the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (as well as catcher Tim Federowicz and a cool $32 million) to the Padres for Elfin, catcher Yasmani Grandal pitching prospect Joe Wieland.

So many names! But why the hold up? Before trades can be consummated, players have to take physicals. Today, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports the Padres are concerned with Kemp’s health: A medical exam found evidence of two severely arthritic hips.

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11 Best Jimmy Rollins GIFs

Although it’s not finalized yet, it seems Jimmy Rollins will soon be a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s good, in a sense, that the Phillies are plunging into a rebuild that will hopefully see them emerge a contender again. It’s also awful, because one of the best Phillies — a guy who has been here since the 2000 season — is leaving us.

Let’s remember J-Roll through the magic of the animated GIF 89a format.

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UPDATE: Rollins Trade Called “A Matter of Time”



UPDATE: 5 a.m. Thursday The trade still isn’t official, but that is expected to change today. MLB.com reporters said completion of the trade is just a “matter of time.”

The deal has not been finalized because a third team is involved in the trade, and money needs to be exchanged among them, which requires approval from the Commissioner’s Office.

“I know that there’s a lot of Jimmy Rollins stuff out there,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in the team’s hotel suite at the Winter Meetings. “There’s nothing to announce, and as I’ve said before, we’re keeping our options open and our minds open on any way that we can improve our club long term.”

The Daily News elaborated:

If money is involved – Rollins is in the final year of a 4-year, $44 million deal – the commissioner has to approve the deal.

Another possible holdup: One of the final pieces in the deal might not have even been property of the Dodgers when the agreement was reached around 2 p.m. in San Diego, first reported by CSNPhilly.com. Later in the afternoon, the Dodgers agreed to a deal that will bring four players, including pitching prospect Andrew Heaney, to Los Angeles in exchange for All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and veteran pitcher Dan Haren.

But as of midnight, it still remained to be seen who will be coming to Philadelphia in exchange for Rollins.

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The 16 Best Phillies GIFs of 2014

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These are the saddest of possible words:
“Rollins to Utley to Howard”
Trio of Phillies, all in their thirties,
Rollins and Utley and Howard.
An NL East dynasty turned into rubble
If they’re all back next year, problems may double
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Rollins and Utley and Howard”

With apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams

The Philadelphia Phillies finished up their season yesterday the same way they finished the last three: Out of the playoffs. The Phils finished with a 73-89 record for the second consecutive year. In yesterday’s finale, Cole Hamels pitched well and took the loss — an event that happened far too often for a pitcher that posted a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts but finished with just a 9-9 record.

With the Phillies out of the playoffs, I thought I’d share some of my favorite animated GIFs I made of Phillies games this season.

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More Depressing Phillies News: Jimmy Rollins Out With Hamstring Injury

The Phillies can’t catch a break, can they?

One of the bright spots in this awful Phillies season has been the play of Jimmy Rollins. He hasn’t been his 2007 MVP self, but he’s returned to his career form after a down 2013. Most of Rollins’ stats are almost in line with his career averages, and his defense has been stellar. If you like regular stats, he’s hitting .243 with 17 homers. If you’re into advanced stats, his WAR is the highest it’s been since 2008. And he broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise record for hits!

Well, now he’s hurt. Rollins hurt his hamstring in Monday night’s loss to the Pirates. The Inquirer reports Rollins will be out for at least 10 days.

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Phillies Fans Boo Video of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

Photos | Jeff Fusco

Photos | Jeff Fusco

Last night, the Phillies honored Jimmy Rollins for passing Mike Schmidt to become the team’s all-time hits leader. The team gave Rollins and his wife matching Gucci luggage and an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy. (No, not to play baseball there.) They also showed congratulatory messages from Nick Foles, Bernie Parent, Rickey Henderson (who talked a bit about himself), Derek Jeter (which reminded me it’s really a shame how infrequently the Phillies play the Yankees), Jill Biden, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

Also, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who was booed by the fans. There wasn’t even a reason to boo, as it was a recorded message. He wasn’t there to hear the boos!

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The Next Statue at Citizens Bank Park Should Be of Jimmy Rollins

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The Phillies hadn’t been to the postseason since 1993. They had finished 12 games back in the NL East the year before. And Jimmy Rollins told the Associated Press he thought the Phillies should be the favorites heading into next season.

“I think we are the team to beat in the NL East — finally,” he said in January 2007. J-Roll was just 27, a three-time All-Star who hadn’t yet been to the playoffs in his career. But he had been around for a while. He was entering his prime, and he started talking like a team leader.

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