Found October 16, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Philadelphia Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins had one of the worst offensive seasons of his career.  The team missed the playoffs for the second consecutive seasons and had its worst record since 2002.  Baseball was certainly not much fun for Rollins this season, but knows he must perform much better next season for the Phillies to have a chance to get back to their winning ways. The Phillies have numerous holes to fill in the pitching staff, outfield, catcher and on the bench.  Even if those holes are filled adequately, the core returning players must play nearly to their potential.  Rollins, for one, must do much better than his .252 average with 36 doubles, two triples, six home runs, and a career low .667 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.  His OPS was abysmal, ranking 131st out of 140 qualifying players. As reported by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Rollins will be paid $11 million by the Phillies next year and an $11 million option in 2015 should Rollins reach 1,100 plate appearances in 2013-2014.  That should not be difficult for Rollins to obtain, barring injury and such a dramatic drop offensively, that the Phillies go in another direction and put Rollins on the bench. Rollins, though, is not at all concerned about his offensive ability, despite the crazy season he had. “The power numbers were down,” Rollins said. “That was kind of weird. Some of the things depend on the season. When the season is going well, stealing bases goes along with that, because you have opportunities to steal, reasons to steal, just being in the right situation to steal. I’m not worried about that at all. Really, I’m not worried about anything at all, truth be told.” Many people in the organization believe that Rollins plays better as the games become more important.  Rollins believes that some offensive numbers depend on the situation and the season. “Those things depend on the season,” Rollins said of his offensive numbers. “Situations set up stolen bases. Some guys are fast enough where they can steal. I’ve never been a guy that just steals. I’ve never done it. I probably can and get away with it, but it doesn’t make sense. Runs, I can only do so much about that. It helps when you hit home runs, because you drive yourself in.” Rollins will enter 2014 with 199 career home runs, 832 rbi’s, 1,247 runs scored, 2,175 hits and 425 stolen bases. He ranked third in team history in runs scored, second in games, first in doubles, third in triples and second in stolen bases. Rollins has a no trade clause and is approaching several franchise records.  Should he pick up his game offensively,  he will inevitably reach some of those records and should help the Phillies win in the process.
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  • The entire Phillies organization needs to work on playing the best BASEBALL possible instead of trying to MARKET their so called BRAND. The organization is focused on COSMETICS not WINNING. The fans who pay wants wins not FLUFF.
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