Did Jimmy Rollins Rip Ruben Amaro Today?

He did.

Kinda getting tired of asking questions in the headline and then answering them in the body… but the Philly.com cougar-mound headline has already won the day, so there’s no use in even trying.

Here’s what Jimmy Rollins said about Dom Brown in Ryan Lawrence’s Daily News cover story today– an obvious shot at Ruben Amaro et al.:

“It’s motivation, certainly,” Jimmy Rollins said of Brown’s regular demotions in the last 2 years. “At the same time, when the organization isn’t showing you any confidence, it doesn’t matter if you motivate yourself. You go down there after being sent down the first time, you [hit]. After they send you down the second time, you go down and [hit]. What the heck do I keep getting sent down for? I come down here, hit .300. I go up there, play once a week and they say I can’t play. It’s hard to be motivated when you can only do so much.”

When asked whether Brown is playing with a clearer head, given the regular playing time, Rollins continued with his pointed criticism of the Phillies’ management.

“When you don’t have to battle the organization, I think you become that way,” Rollins said of playing relaxed. “He was never playing against anyone. It was just the organization thinking he’s ready or not. Every organization has players like that, that they like, but, their fear is he’s not ready. I’m the complete opposite. There’s only one way to find out. Your opinion doesn’t matter to me. Let me go out there, see if I can do it or if I can’t. The numbers will show if you give me a fair shot.”

Yikes. Yet, J-Roll™ is right. The organization made the decision to call up Brown probably earlier than they should have, but since the team was competing for a championship, they couldn’t afford to let him have his struggles at the Big League level. Solution? More yo-yoing than a strange handjob. Only now is Brown finally living up to some level of the expectations set for him.

Reached for comment on Rollins’, um, comments, Amaro offered only this:


And then I asked him how to build a winning team. He offered this:


Stuffed mushrooms sound good though.


24 Responses

  1. I am just trying to figure this “blog” out.

    You never have recieved a direct quote from a player, right? Because you do not have credentials.. right?

    So 90% of your post is quote or story from another article, then you add a joke or comment and call it a day?

    I am sure this won’t make it to the comment section.. you are scared to post negative comments..

      1. It’s funny because you called a guy a trolling douche when that’s literally all you do as a job. That and get cuckolded. Yo’ girl ain’t really yours, ya know…

  2. more yo-yoing then a strange handjob? dude you’re losing it…i love reading crossing broad and i actually like the non-sports stuff as much as the sports stuff but lately you’re like an oversexed 13 year old with the jokes…every article doesn’t need to include substitute words for penis and vagina…we get it already…

  3. Guess we are just gonna ignore the dozens of posts you wrote about how amazing Aramo is over the past few years. Never happened…amirite?

  4. If you want boring, yet truthful, sports coverage, then go read CSNphilly.com or something. Crossing Broad, “Philly’s most irreverent sports blog,” is meant to be unorthodox. There’s gotta be comedy in Philly sports…or we would all just cripple from the frustration. If you consistently “trash” CB on the comments, you might need a reality check, you trolls.

  5. Hmm! Perhaps Jimmy did rip Ruben, he’s not one to be overt about that sort of stuff. For certain, the Phillies had made a royal botch of how they handled Brown from day one. But I’m glad that Dom appears to have finally found his way, even if it took longer than it should have.

  6. The Phillies are notorious for ruining prospects. This is nothing new. Yet another reason why the franchise has over 10,000 losses.

  7. well put Tom, if you don’t like it then why do you subscribe/ read it, let alone go out of your way to post why you don’t like it,I enjoy reading the sarcastic shit, that I wouldn’t get to read in the papers

  8. There’s plenty of things to rip Amaro about, but it’s not his fault that Brown was ‘playing once a week’ that’s on Charlie.

  9. Dom Brown has been terribly mismanaged.

    And the most ridiculous thing is that while the Phillies were competing for a championship, they chose to play Ibanez over Brown. Even Brown’s limited appearances were at least equal to if not better than Ibanez and his development was clearly stunned. It’s a shame that they did this.

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