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Video: Jimmy Rollins on “The Cleveland Show”

Kyle Scott - March 18, 2013

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Jimmy Rollins played himself on The Cleveland Show last night. His character joined David Ortiz and Joey Votto in a Dodgers’ scouting meeting. Cleveland was working for the Dodgers in some capacity. I don’t know what the context was. Or care. But bonus points to Seth MacFarlane for making fun of SABR nerds.

Video after the jump.

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Jimmy Rollins Will Play in the World Baseball Classic

Kyle Scott - January 17, 2013

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This will be the first World Baseball Classic since I’ve been blogging full-time (read: working at home in my underwear), so I’ll be able to watch many of the early round games, some of which take place at weird times (EST)– 5 a.m., 4 p.m and 9 p.m. among them. Problem is, most of you don’t work at home in your underwear, and watching games at those times requires a serious commitment (and vacation time that, really, you have nothing better with?). So I’m not sure how much of a thing the WBC is. But, Jimmy Rollins is playing in it and I thought you should know.

Media Home Run Derby runner-up Ryan Lawrence brings us the details: [Philly.com]

Rollins was the lone Phillies player listed when the WBC’s American roster was unveiled on Thursday morning. Rollins also played for Team USA in 2009, the second go-round of the Olympic-style, early-spring baseball tournament.

With Derek Jeter and Troy Tulowitzki coming off injuries, Rollins was somewhat of an obvious choice for Team USA. The 34-year-old won his fourth Gold Glove in 2012.

Worth noting: Rollins struggled offensively coming off his last WBC appearance.

He was benched in late June while carrying a batting average that hovered near the Mendoza line. Rollins finished the season at .250, but with a career-low .296 on-base percentage.

 

Of course, it's also worth noting that J-Roll™ did this later that year.

Rollins will be joined on the team by his buddy, Boston Red Sox center fielder Shane Victorino. Aloha.

Charlie Manuel Pulls J-Roll For…. Wait For It… Not Hustling

Ryan Gillon - August 30, 2012

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Tell me if you've heard this one before

Jimmy Rollins didn't hustle again. This time, Charlie Manuel did something about it during the game.

 

As you can see in the video, there's a good chance J-Roll's actions cost the Phils a run. Just two weeks ago, in Miami, he got heat for not running out a play against the Marlins. The dude just doesn't fucking get it.

Some of you noticed, too.

 

I think that last one may have been my favorite…

…maybe the Fanatic has another billboard coming.

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Your Monday Morning Roundup: The “We Swept the Nats But It Really Doesn’t Matter Now” Edition

Ryan Gillon - August 27, 2012

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Congrats, Cliff…. everybody gets one… at home. (Photo: USA Today)

Okay, so maybe that's a little pessimistic given what the Phillies accomplished this weekend… maybe it's the rain or something. More on that in a second.

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Back to the Phils… there's a lot of good you can take from a four-game winning streak, but many of you are thinking about where this was all season long. The Phillies are still 16.5 games back in the NL East despite taking three in a row from the division's top team… but here's something that will potentially get you unnecessarily riled up.

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Photo: (Yahoo! Sportacular)

9.5 games isn't insurmountable. The Tampa Bay Rays earned a playoff bid coming back from a nine-game deficit just last year. By my calculations, the Phillies would probably have to go something like 26-8 to have a real shot. That's asking a lot from a team who gives so many ties and leads away in the eighth inning, but anything is possible, right?

At this point, I'll take .500. 

The Roundup:

  • Flight Night was last night, and it was largely uneventful. And no one, including Stewart Bradley tore their ACL this time. Memories.
  • Joe Buck, your favorite person to hate on Sundays, is growing facial hair, giving you yet another unjustified reason to maintain your hatred.
  • Finally, T.O. had this to say yesterday… I guess three dropped balls in three preseason games will do this to you…

 

I think I'm finally starting to have a bit of sympathy for him… maybe. Happy Monday, folks.

You can follow Ryan Gillon on Twitter @SeriouslyRyan.

Uganda Little League Team Will Play in Plymouth Meeting Next Week

Kyle Scott - August 24, 2012

Jimmy Rollins, who went to Uganda this offseason to help young baseball players, has been a public supporter of the Ugandanian (proper?) Little League squad, which, this month, became the first team from Africa to both play and win a game in the Little League World Series. Rollins tweeted that, on Tuesday, the team will play at Plymouth Valley Park on Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting:

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Very cool.

97.5 The Fanatic’s Digital Billboards Take Aim at Jimmy Rollins

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2012

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Pic via 97.5's Facebook page

Another sign of the End of Days for the Phillies.  

Earlier today, 97.5 updated its message on several electronic billboards it has control of around the city. Usually, the digital signs say things like Mike Missanelli on-air now! or contain similar programming announcements. 

Not today. 

On some of its billboards, 97.5 has put up messaging that takes aim at J-Roll™. Too far? Maybe a little, but, judging by the Tweets and comments seen here, the sentiment isn’t much different from what most of you think.

Joe DeCamara, the station’s assistant program director, told me the billboards are being mostly well received: “We’ve gotten calls from people who saw it. I think it’s resonating with fans who are disgusted with Jimmy’s lack of effort yesterday.”  

The ones with the Rollins message are in the following locations and will remain up for most of the day: 95 North near Broad St (near the stadiums), 76 West near the Walt Whitman Bridge, 95 South near Ashburner St., 95 South near Madison St., Rt 30 Admiral Wilson Blvd., Rt 30 near Rout 130, PA Turnpike Eastbound near Butler Pike and 76 West near Dickinson St.

Remember when rooting for the Phillies was, you know, fun?

Let’s Talk about Jimmy Rollins’ Half-Assed Effort Yesterday (Video and Twitter Reactions, Too)

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2012

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Yeah, let’s. 

To be honest, I didn’t see it live yesterday when Jimmy Rollins grounded out weakly to Jose Reyes in the sixth inning of the Phillies-Marlins game. I used to use this whole work for yourself thing as an excuse to watch day games. But not anymore. I’d rather spend the time writing a blog post or creating an invoice. You know, trying to make money or something.  

Anyway, I imagine most of you have joined me on this boat. Part of the reason is because the Phillies are very bad this year and, after watching five straight years (hell, 10) of highly-competitive baseball, seeing this slop product is a real letdown. The other part is that most of the Phillies look like they don’t give a shit. Players who were once young and hungry, that usually played a brand of baseball worth emulating, have now gone the way of so many high-paid athletes before them– through the motions.

Enter J-Roll™.

My Dad has always loved Rollins. Loved his speed. Loved his defense. Loved the fact that he often stepped up when the lights were brightest. I’ve fought my Dad on this point, citing the fact that Rollins often has a misguided approach at the plate, is stubborn, often too outspoken and, even after being benched a few years back for not running out a groundball, still gives less than 100% effort on his treks to first base. We’ll disagree on those points for the rest of time… but at least I now have a new card to play.

As most of you are aware by now, in the sixth inning yesterday, Rollins grounded to Reyes (who was playing back and not in great position to make a play on a speedy runner) and lazily jogged (even that might be too strong a term) down to first.

As you can see after the jump, J-Roll™ heard about it on his Twitter after the game [includes video of the play, with six different broadcasters having a problem with Rollins’ effort]. Step over with me.

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The Dodgers Want Jimmy Rollins, Too

Kyle Scott - July 16, 2012

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And the dismantling talk just can’t stop. Won’t stop.

Per another report from CBS Sports, this one from Danny Knobler, the Dodgers have a long list of players they’re interested in. One of them? Jimmy Rollins, who just signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Phillies (with option for an attainable fourth year): [CBS Sports]

The Dodgers, who are short on prospects but long on both money and needs, have some interest in the Phillies shortstop, sources said Monday.

Rollins is part of a long list of players the Dodgers are looking at, as they try to trade for both a hitter and a starting pitcher in an effort to keep pace with the Giants in the National League West. But he may be the most intriguing.

While Rollins has been a big disappointment with the Phillies this year, he could be a help to a Dodger team that lost shortstop Dee Gordon to the disabled list. Since Gordon went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Dodgers have played Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe at short. 

 

Despite the unsettling nature of the Phillies being sellers talk, the possibility of the Phils ridding themselves of Rollins' contract now looks to be a huge win. An aging, overpaid shortstop has no place on a rebuilding team, if that's the direction the Phils choose to go.

Knobler notes that Rollins and Shane Victorino are more realistic targets than Cole Hamels for the Dodgers, since they don’t have the prospects to land the latter through a trade and will just have to wait until free agency. Knobler also mentions Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes’ love for J-Roll™, who, himself, mentioned his love for SoCal on Twitter today:

 

Lovely. A perfect match. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be shredding my 2008 World Series poster into a pile of tears.