You’re not going to believe this, but someone thinks Jimmy Rollins is lazy. This time, it’s Hall of Fame second baseman and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, who has benched hitless Rollins all week. Oh, and they’re not speaking. Matt Gelb of Philly.com:
The manager and shortstop have not spoken since Monday. Rollins said he will not seek a conversation with Sandberg; he will wait for Sandberg to come to him.
“Obviously he is upset about something,” Rollins said.
The first hint of any issue came after Wednesday’s game in Sarasota, Fla., when Sandberg offered no explanation for Rollins’ three-day benching. Unprompted, Sandberg praised Freddy Galvis’ “energy and his positive influence.” When asked about Rollins in that regard, Sandberg said, “No comment.”
It sounded like a message for Rollins delivered through the media.
“Well, everyone is allowed to have their own opinion,” Rollins said Thursday. “It doesn’t make it right, but he’s the manager so he gets to have the last say.”
Wow. You talk about a couple’s quarrel. Surprised Rollins didn’t mention the dirty dishes in the sink.
Anyway, things are off to a great start in Clearwater. To recap:
Cole Hamels arm problems.
MAG can’t throw.
Hitters can’t hit.
MAG arm problems.
Jimmy Rollins hates his new manager.
Rollins is a real piece of work. There’s always a counter argument – usually from SABR folks – that the hustle thing is overblown. And maybe it is. But this isn’t a one-time thing with Rollins. It’s an every-six-months thing. He and Charlie Manuel reached a point where it just became part of their relationship. He’s not there with Sandberg, though. And instead of just taking the advice of a Hall of Famer, Rollins says really passive aggressive – and frankly, disrespectful – things like “everyone is allowed to have their own opinion.” He’s your fucking manager, you chode. His job is to have an opinion about you.
Rollins’ inflated self-worth rivals Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field. You won an MVP in 2007– great. World Series in 2008– thank you. Big hit in 2009– awesome. Since? Rollins hasn’t hit above .268 since 2008. Only one of those years did he break .252. His best OPS over that span, .743, would’ve been good for about 40th in the National League last year. It doesn’t come much more average (offensively). Yet Rollins believes he’s Derek Jeter, that he’s some once in a generation talent and franchise player who just can’t be messed with. Stop it.