There is no big news this Spring Training season about Jimmy Rollins. The Philadelphia Phillies shortstop is just as solid going into his fourteenth season as he was in his first full season. There is so much turnover in the world of professional baseball now that it is extremely rare to see a player both loyal and productive for the same team for over a decade. Rollins name can be added to that list and he shows no signs of slowing his production.
Over the years Rollins has achieved quite a few milestones. He has been voted to three all-star games and has one Most Valuable Player award. Always solid defensively, he won his fourth gold glove last season. The position of shortstop is crowded with good and great defensive players so four gold gloves means he likely could have had at least six to eight of them overall. Offensively he is just as capable at the age of thirty-four as he was early in his career.
Most of all Rollins isn’t in the news every day with some dramatic blowup with his manager or even a huge argument with an umpire. He quite simply shows up every day and does his job. A phrase that has been used lately is that a player plays the game the right way. Rollins has been doing that for thirteen years. In this, his fourteenth season, he is fully capable of twenty-five homers, seventy-plus runs batted in and an average over .275.
He is a great player and a great table setter for this team. Much has been said about the team needing leadership. I know he is more soft-spoken than some others such as Ryan Howard but Jimmy Rollins is as great of a leader by example as any player at his position in recent memory. I think I can sum up his personality in one sentence. Even umpires know that if Rollins argues with them, they are probably wrong. Enough said.