Philadelphia Phillies: Is Jimmy Rollins Staying for the Wrong Reasons?
The countdown to the MLB trade deadline is on. The Philadelphia Phillies seem as if they are going to be selling some of their more well-known players. Many thought that shortstop Jimmy Rollins would be one of those players, but it looks like they are wrong.
Rollins has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and wants to continue to play in Philadelphia. His motives on staying seem selfish. He has told the media that he wants to stay because he wants to be no. 1 on leaderboards. He was not specific on what categories he wanted to be no. 1 in, but he is only thinking of himself. This is not the Rollins that the Phillies or the fans are used to.
Rollins is the oldest veteran on the team. He made his Phillies debut in 2000. During his time here he has won numerous gold gloves, became a three-time All-Star and the 2007 NL MVP; and the biggest accomplishment? Winning the World Series.
Rollins has done a lot with his time here in Philadelphia. He has an outgoing personality and it seemed like he wanted to help his team get back to the playoffs. He cared about his teammates. Now it just seems like he wants to stay in a Phillies uniform for his individual records.
This is not what the fans want to see as the Phillies are having a tough season. They want to see players who want to try and move forward and not give up. The Phillies start a homestand tomorrow night. It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction Rollins receives from the fans.