Jimmy Rollins Notches 2,000th Hit; Will He Be Around Long Enough to Break Team Record?

Jimmy Rollins Notches 2,000th Hit; Will He Be Around Long Enough to Break Team Record?

Jimmy Rollins Notches 2,000th Hit; Will He Be Around Long Enough to Break Team Record?

It’s been an interesting 10 days for Jimmy Rollins. Rollins hosted the Ugandan little league team at Citizens Bank Park last week. Rollins had visited Uganda in the offseason, bringing them equipment to play with and donating $10,000 to help them make it to the Little League World Series this year. A day later Rollins was benched for failing to run out a pop up during a Mets game. Last night, Rollins became the 4th Philadelphia Phillies player to notch 2,000 hits.

Rollins has cemented his legacy over the past month. He recently overtook Larry Bowa’s record of most games played by a Phillies shortstop and will now look to overtake him on the Phillies all time hits list.

Jimmy Rollins ability isn’t the only legacy he’s cemented over the past month though. Unfortunately, the long time shortstop has also run afoul of manager Charlie Manuel a couple of times this month for breaking one of the team’s golden rules…Twice. “Be on time and hustle” has been the Phillies’ mantra under Manuel, and Rollins has twice been guilty of breaking that mantra, resulting in a benching last week.

I had mixed emotions in bringing Rollins back to the team when Ruben Amaro Jr. re-signed Rollins in the offseason. On one hand, Rollins’ approach at the plate has come to define what has been wrong with this team over the past couple of seasons. On the other hand, it’s hard to cast off a player who has been the catalyst for one of the greatest eras in Phillies baseball.

I have a hard time watching Rollins give lackluster effort, but at the same time, when Rollins is on, he is still one of the best shortstops in the game. It will be interesting to see whether Rollins sticks around as the Phillies look to make their team over. There were trade rumors around deadline time, and you have to think that there are at least a couple of people in the organization that aren’t happy with how he conducts himself at times.

Will Jimmy Rollins get the chance to become the team’s all time hits leader?

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