Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 8/31/12

Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins. Photo Courtesy of Renee Cendrowski.

The Phillies avoided a sweep yesterday by beating the New York Mets 3-2, taking over sole possession of third place. Kyle Kendrick won for the fourth straight time with another terrific performance. After having a meeting with Manuel a couple of weeks ago, Kendrick has been excellent.

The star of the game was Kevin Frandsen, who had four hits, continuing to make a case for a roster spot next season.

Jimmy Rollins, who again has made headlines by failing to run out an infield pop-up, was benched by Charlie Manuel. Rollins, in contrast to Frandsen, is making his case for a trip out-of-town. Manuel in his news conference again stated his “two rules” when asked about Rollins. Enough is enough Rollins needs to go as again he has proved that he is not a team player.

It was exactly two weeks ago when Manuel had to have a closed door meeting with the Phillies long time shortstop about his lack of hustle on running out a ground ball against the Miami Marlins. Apparently, Manuel’s message was not received.

This isn’t a case of a guy who doesn’t have the ability, it’s a case of a guy who doesn’t seem to want to put out the effort. Rollins’ lack of hustle is emblematic of the Phillies’ failure to do the little things right to win ball games this year. In front of a bunch of young players and even seasoned veterans, Jimmy again showed that he doesn’t think it’s important to play the game hard. More importantly, he didn’t show Charlie Manuel the respect that he deserves.

Last time Manuel let it slide. This time, he did the right thing and yanked Rollins from the game. The Phillies begin a series against the Atlanta braves tonight, and speculation is high about whether Rollins will be in the lineup or not.

The bottom line is he certainly doesn’t deserve to be.

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