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Utley and Rollins are Still Playing Spectacular Defense

Jim Adair - September 1, 2015

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins connected for an acrobatic, glove-toss assisted put out at second base. You can just hear it in Harry’s voice: “What a great flip turned Utley to J-Roll™… to Adrian Gonzalez?” Oh no, the fantasy is ruined. And after all that, they didn’t get the double play anyway. It still looked great though.

You can catch a GIF of the glove flip and hear Vin Scully call the play after the jump.

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This Will Hurt You, Part 2

Jim Adair - August 21, 2015

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Although we’ve come to the end of the road, still I can’t let go. It’s unnatural.


Kyle Scott - August 21, 2015

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Can not even.


H/T to (@MrJerseyJosh)

UPDATE: Dodgers Acquire Mat Latos, Still Interested in Hamels

Jim Adair - July 29, 2015

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

We’re just over 50 hours away from the MLB trade deadline, and teams all over the league are making moves. No one has locked in a deal for Cole Hamels yet, but the Dodgers might be on their way to doing so. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers have acquired Mat Latos, Michael Morse, and the Marlins #34 compensatory pick in next year’s draft. You don’t hear about picks changing hands very often in baseball, but there is a purpose for this one. Nightengale reports that the Dodgers will likely use that pick in package to try to land Hamels or David Price.

Additionally (and suspiciously), lil’ Ken Rosie reports that Clayton Kershaw – who’s a widdle bit sore – may be scratched from his next start and might pitch next on Friday. It’d be shocking to see Kershaw traded, so it’ll likely set up a Kershaw/Hamels (or Price) back-to-back that is, frankly, terrifying to imagine.

Still not the best Back-To-Back of the week, however.

UPDATE: Nightengale’s report that the pick could be traded looks to be incorrect, as compensatory picks (the only ones who can be traded) can only be dealt once. The report is still that the Dodgers are looking to add another pitcher to their rotation.

Jimmy Rollins Didn’t Want to Be Traded to the Yankees Because of Derek Jeter

Jim Adair - March 5, 2015

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Before Jimmy Rollins was shipped out west to drape himself in Dodger blue, there were rumblings he’d be headed on a northbound Amtrak to don some pinstripes. Those rumors were shut down when we found out that Ruben Amaro was asking the Yankees for their top prospects (which they were not willing to give) and that J-Roll™ would turn down any trade to the Yankees with his no-trade clause. “Good,” we thought. “He won’t betray us to go play for everyone’s enemy.” But Rollins was thinking “Hell no, there’s no way I’m replacing Jeter.”

And why didn’t he want to fill Jeter’s well-worn shoes? He’s too old.

“I wasn’t going to go after (Derek) Jeter,” Rollins told Jon Heyman. “If I was 26, Ok. But I’m 36. There was not enough time.”

[Editor’s note: Never has a player been more concerned with his place in team lore than Rollins.]

Enough time for what? To make his mark? To exit Jeter’s shadow? To do something with the Yankees? To get to the gift basket store? I don’t even care. I understand Rollins had to go and I’m fine with him in Dodger blue. Those navy pinstripes though? Hello no.

However, it could have been even more painful:

If there was no deal with the Dodgers, Rollins would have been in a difficult spot trying to decide between the Mets and Phillies.

“That would have been tough,” he said. “I would have given it a lot of thought.”

Well, let’s just not think about that.

And Now, Because Your Wounds Haven’t Healed, Here’s Jimmy Rollins in a Dodgers Uniform

Jim Adair - January 8, 2015

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It still hurts. We knew it had to happen, and we’re squarely in the camp of “we wish Jimmy all the success in the world out there, since we’re not winning anytime soon,” but it still stings a bit to see a smiling J-Roll™ rocking Dodger blue. Oh well. At least he didn’t say anything to make to sting worse …

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Oh goddamnit.

Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers is Finally Official

Jim Adair - December 19, 2014

Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

After a week’s worth of “maybe” and “why haven’t they announced anything” and “Matt Kemp has old-man hips,” the trade between the Dodgers and Phillies for Jimmy Rollins is officially official.

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As previously reported, the Phillies will send Rollins to L.A. and will receive minor league pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in return. The Phillies released a statement on the trade, and I think Chase Utley has something in his eye:

“The Dodgers are very lucky to acquire a player like Jimmy. I’ve said it time and time again that Jimmy makes everyone around him better. The team will miss his leadership on the field and his infectious smile, but most of all, I will miss our pre-game handshake.”

The trade will formally be announced in a press conference later today.

Matt Kemp has Arthritis and It May Screw up the Jimmy Rollins Deal

Jim Adair - December 18, 2014

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Typically, when reporters or teams say a trade is done “pending a physical,” it’s done. Most times, nothing of note comes up, and the trade moves forward as planned. Matt Kemp’s physical was not like most times.

According to Bob Nightengale at USA Today, the Matt Kemp trade to the Padres that has to happen before Jimmy Rollins can be officially traded to the Dodgers is on hold right now because Kemp’s physical revealed he has “severe arthritis in both hips.” The person who reveled this to Nightengale is “not authorized to discuss the medical issue,” because I’m pretty sure no one is.

The Kemp deal would bring Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin to the Dodgers, while sending Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million to San Diego. Eflin, reportedly, would then come here in return for Jimmy Rollins in a deal that is ready to go. “If the Padres decide to void the trade, then the Dodgers would also have to re-work their trade with the Philadelphia Phillies,” reported Nightengale. But it’s also possible (and possibly likely) that the deal continues mostly as planned, with the only modification being that the Dodgers will pick up more of Kemp’s $107 contract than originally offered. We’ll keep an eye on this.

UPDATE: Jim Salisbury says the Rollins deal is still in place and “the Phillies and Dodgers have discussed other players as part of the deal.”