Extra Reps Could Affect Jimmy Rollins’ 2013 Season

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History tends to repeat itself.

This saying comes true time and time again. For the Philadelphia Phillies, they hope that this saying is completely wrong for their starting shortstop in 2013.

Jimmy Rollins will be playing for Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic. He was selected not only because of his past history as a member of Team USA, but also because of lingering injuries to Colorado Rockies shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, and New York Yankees captain, Derek Jeter.

Rollins did perform very well with Team USA back in 2009.

He played in eight World Baseball Classic games and batted 24 times. In those at bats, Rollins recorded a .417 batting average. He also led Team USA with 18 total bases during the tournament. Rollins strikeout total was significantly low during the tournament. But despite the great numbers, his Team USA lost in the semi-final round to Japan.

In an article earlier last month, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News pointed out Rollins’ struggles during the 2009 season after participating in the World Baseball Classic.

In 2009 the Phillies made their second consecutive World Series appearance, but it was not easy. That season, Rollins was benched early on in the month of June due to lack of hustle and very bad discipline at the plate. Despite making the World Series, Rollins did not have a strong season and finished with a .250 batting average.

Rollins is coming off of a season where he saw his power numbers climb but his team’s playoff appearances drop. If the Phillies should be worried about one thing, it is the status of their leadoff hitter for the 2013 season.

David A. Cattai is a featured journalist with Rant SportsFollow me on Twitter (@DCattaiSports), Facebook, and Google+ for sports updates.

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