Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 12/19/11


Jimmy Rollins is coming back to Philadelphia. He even said he gave the Phillies a hometown discount, something he originally said he would not do.

I still do not buy the fact that Rollins came here for less, and left money on the table in Milwaukee. I just don't.

Rollins has been the man at the top of the lineup for a long time, but his play has declined.

[Miami Hearld]

Injuries have taken their toll in recent years and Rollins' numbers have steadily declined.An injury-filled 2010 campaign allowed Rollins to play just 88 games and he struggled to a career-worst .243 batting average. He bounced back somewhat in 2011, finishing with 16 homers, 63 runs batted in and a .268 average in 142 games.

 

That's my point. Rollins has not been the same player since 2007. It's not even close.

I know he has a great glove and can still run (stole 30 bases last year), but I was ready for a new look Phillies lineup.

It's more of the same, and it all starts at the top. Rollins is not a leadoff hitter, and has gotten worse in that spot over the past couple years. He is not patient and does not swing down on the ball. Leadoff hitters are supposed to use their speed. I also want to point out that I saw numerous occassions the past two seasons where Rollins popped up, and did not hustle down the line.

Leaders do not do that.

When I think of the Phillies, I think of a team that relies on their pitching and is the definition of inconsitent when it comes to offense. This is not the team from 2008 who can rely on power to keep them in games. This team is drastically different, and much older.

This team is all about pitching. I still am in shock that Halladay pitched 8 innings of solid baseball, and the Phillies could not score a run. Not 1.

Halladay let up 1 in the first inning of the game 5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, and was dominant after that. When you have that kind of pitching, you need an offense to manufacture runs. That word is not in the vocabulary of this team, and that needs to change. Bringing back the component who is the epitome of over anxious was not the answer.

I was ready for a change.

After saying that, I have been questioned. People have asked, "Well who else do you want to play shortstop?" The answer: Someone else. Alex Gonzalez, Freddy Galvis, etc.

I wanted this lineup to look a little different. Sometimes you need a change at the top to stir things up, i.e. Philadelphia Eagles - Andy Reid.

This team was supposed to win more than one championship. 2008 was incredible, but with the core of this team still fairly young at that point, we expected more.

Do not tell me that Philadelphia fans are spoiled and do not appreciate the success of this team. That is total garbage. We sat through losing season after losing season, and had to listen to people tell us that the Phillies were the first team to 10,000 losses. We were tired of it. 2008 came and it was unforgettable.

This is 4 years later, and disappointment has followed year after year. I understand that the Phillies franchise has been a huge success lately. All I'm saying is that I was kind of hoping for a new look Phillies lineup, and that started with moving on from Jimmy Rollins.

I do like Jimmy Rollins and his enthusiasm, but I can not sit here and say I am thrilled to have him back. I think the 3-year deal was fair for both sides, but I still was ready to move on.

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