Tag Archives: Jimmy Rollins

Beltran suddenly becomes a leader

Oh, it’s on. Last year, Jimmy Rollins — an already vocal sparkplug in the Phillies’ clubhouse — came out and declared the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East, with little more than personal pride to back him up. He and his teammates felt they had the best team in the division on

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Was Rollins even the Phillies’ MVP?

This isn’t me. I’m not whining here or spitting out sour grapes (or whatever that lame phrase is). Yeah, I thought Jimmy Rollins had an amazing year and seemed to be there in so many clutch situations for the Phillies down the stretch, but he’s not even the MVP of the Phillies. That would be

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Managers lay a golden egg

You’d think that the managers and coaches would have a better grasp of the finer aspects of the game. It’s the more casual fans and lazy sportswriters who are overwhelmed by the sexiness of home runs and wins. But in this new age of baseball — of Moneyball and trendy new stats providing a more

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Better late than never for another Mets opener

Ryan Howard’s three-run home run in the sixth inning silenced Shea Stadium. The Mets had just taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth despite John Maine’s struggles. Willie Randolph turned over the game to the bullpen, starting with Ambiorix Burgos, who got ahead of Howard, 1-2. All he needed to do was

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Best infield in the National League?

So here’s a question: Can an infield that includes Wes Helms be considered the best in the National League? That’s the claim made by Jimmy Rollins (either on his own or through prompting by a reporter) on Tuesday. Look, I won’t deny the talents of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, who clearly make up the

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