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Rollins on the NL East: “It still runs through Philly”

Nov 13, 2012, 6:37 AM EDT

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Jimmy Rollins is so cute. From, here are the Philly shortstop’s views on the balance of power in the NL East:

“It still runs through Philly,” Rollins said. “[Washington] had one year to win it. It was just like when the Mets took it from Atlanta, it was still up for grabs. I’m sure Atlanta felt it was still theirs, but fortunately we were able to come in and take it the next five years.”

Whatever motivates you, Jimmy. But do know that when “the Mets took it from Atlanta” after the Braves’ string of division titles closed in 2005, the Braves finished 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd and 2nd. ┬áThe division title still technically ran “through Atlanta” in the sense that, sure, every team that won it had to play road games there, but they were not assumed to be the big dog anymore.

Same with Philly.



  1. recoveringcubsfan - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    It’s not crazy to think the Phils might have a decent bounce-back season next year. It’s still a talented ballclub. But other than bravado, I can’t think of what Rollins’ statement is backed by; the team didn’t get any better (yet) this offseason, and it sure didn’t get any younger. It got healthier, but that’s all, and anybody who thinks it’ll play next year like the 2nd half of last season more than the 1st half is ignoring aging curves and the fast-improving competitors in the NL East.

    • chill1184 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      Rollins wanted to try his best Rex Ryan impression I guess (FYI Im a Steelers fan)

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        I’m thumbing you down for mentioning the f-game. Booo!

  2. Shafer's Dealer - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    “Jimmy Rollins is so cute”
    Yes, he has that Esther Rolle thing going for him…

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Uhhh, no it doesn’t Jimmy.

  4. brianratm - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Phillies won 102 two years ago. Last year they scored only 28 fewer runs than in the 102 win season. The problem was that they gave up 150 more runs, many of those coming in the 7th and 8th innings. Get a solid bat and some bullpen help and then blow it up Craig’s who-ha!

    • paperlions - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Philly starters ERA in 2011 & 2012: 3.33 and 3.82.

      Philly reliever ERA in 2011 & 2012: 3.69 and 3.94

      Yeah, the bullpen was worse, but the decline in the starters was even worse than that. It is an old team, old teams tend to be inconsistent depending on nagging injuries….they also tend to be the least healthy at the end of the year. Philly should be a little better this year, but I just don’t see enough there to make me think they’ll finish any higher than 3rd.

  5. alexo0 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    These sound like directions on how to get to D.C. from New York.

    • sdelmonte - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Anyone who drives through Philly to get from point A to point B is going to be late for the game.

    • bravojawja - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      If you take the Jersey Pike you never even sniff Philly.

      • madhatternalice - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        True, but then you’d be sniffing Jersey. Not sure that’s more favorable :)

  6. pkswally024 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Oh Craig, you’re so cute.

  7. heyblueyoustink - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Jimmy, you helped deliver us a World Series and a culture of winning that had been missing for well over a decade, and I appreciate you for all of that.

    But, dude, I don’t know that you’re the one to make any kind of commentary on running, being that running to first base is an occasional issue for you.

  8. kiwicricket - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Doesn’t necessarily need to go through anywhere anymore, what with the new two wildcard format.
    Play decent baseball on Mars and you have a good shot at getting through to the wildcard playoff.
    But whatever makes you feel cool, Jimmy.

  9. kiwicricket - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    About the ROY voting…
    Bill Center of U-T San Diego leaving Miley completely off the ballot and voting for Alonso for 3rd?
    At what point do the voters need to have some sort of accountability? Token votes are for Sunday newspaper polls, not MLB yearly awards.

    Kind of discredits the whole process if you don’t take it seriously.

  10. indaburg - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    I hope Rollins is right. No love lost for the Phillies, but baseball is more fun when the Phillies are competitive. (And by more fun, I mean their fans are easier to troll.)

    • stex52 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      You are right, Indaburg. If Nats fans want to step up to the next level, they need to improve their trollability. They haven’t been as fun as Philly to date. Heck, Philly fans do a pretty good of self-trolling.

      Trollability. I like that.

      • stex52 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        “do a pretty good job”

      • natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Patience. We’re still getting used to the idea of being one of MLB’s top teams, and making the playoffs, and stuff like that. It may take another season or two for the sense of World Series entitlement to mature in Nats Town.

  11. greymares - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    what’s even gonna be more cute is watching your Braves battle for the basement, please store this away and bring it back in July when Philly’s sportin that 12 game lead in the division.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      The difference between Philly fans and me: when my team sucks, I acknowledge the reality of it.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        I acknowledge that they sucked this past season. But that was last season. I will acknowledge they suck at an appropriate time next season.

      • heyblueyoustink - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        If you listened to five minutes of sports radio around here or spent five minutes in a sports bar around here, you would know we also, very strongly, acknowledge when our team sucks.

        Quite loudly in fact.

      • philsgamer - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        The thing about being a fan in Philadelphia is that we will be the first ones to bash our home teams. But we’ll be damned if we’re going to let anyone else do it.

  12. Charles Gates - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    It still runs through Philly because:
    1) with the crime, you don’t want to be a stationary target for too long.
    2) everyone gets the runs after a cheesesteak.
    3) they forgot about Chooch’s arm.
    4) it means your’re about half way to either NYC or DC, cities that matter.

    • Charles Gates - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      That post was not my best effort…just like Jimmy Rollins running out an infield popup.

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      A couple of thoughts, Chuckles:

      1) The crime in Philly, like, ten thousand times worse than DC, sure, well, except for this:

      2) I’m sorry you use cheesesteaks as a laxative

      3) What the hell are you talking about

      4) See number one, and for that matter Washington only matters because of the slime political population content.

      5) You got nothing, how about we’re the cradle of liberty, home of where this country was born, owners of everything from a piece of Motown, to boxing legends, and many many more things.

      So Chuck, why don’t you step off of your high horse and remove whatever hamster you stuck up your ass. It seems to be irritating you today.

      • caliconnected - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM


        1) I question the methodology of any list that purports to tell me that New Haven and Buffalo are more dangerous places than Philly and New Orleans. Been to all four (graduated from Yale), and Philly and New Orleans are significantly worse in terms of violent crime. I also worked in DC for a few years, and it’s a completely transformed place from what I understand (read:rapidly gentrifying). Also a much safer feeling place than Philly, and a great place to live (although I prefer the other coast tbh.)

        I have a college buddy that works in Philly and likes it there too, so I dont mean to imply that Philly isnt a quality place to live as well.

        4) Your characterization of DC is astonishingly off base. DC only matters because of “slime political population content”? D.C. proper is the home of everything from the World Bank and IMF to the FBI, Embassy Row and the Supreme Court (as well as growing industries in finance and technology.) DC metro is home to The Pentagon, the CIA etc. It’s without question one of our most important cities (probably in the top 2 tbh), and a great region of the country (and that’s coming from a Bay area guy.) I don’t agree with the kid disparaging Philly as a city that doesn’t matter, it absolutely does (as does every major city in this country), but don’t stupidly slam one of our country’s great cities and an internationally important one at that.

        Lastly, assuming the rosters in that division stay relatively the same and injuries to each club are pretty even next season, I think Atlanta takes the division.

      • heyblueyoustink - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        You’re right in that I shouldn’t blanketly disparage DC, but the violent crime numbers are what they are. Alot of Philadelphia’s crime problems stem from across the river, land of the lawless, seeping in: Camden, and Trenton to a degree. Believe me I know, been living here my whole life. I just have zero tolerance when someone disparages my home, probably without never even spending time here, with such a lame approach.

        For the record, I’ve had the fortune, because of a previous life, to spend some time in ghettos from coast to coast. And I say this shaking my head because it’s strangely true: Hartford is the scariest low income urban ghetto I have ever been in, by far. And there are parts in the mountains of Northern PA ( Wilkes Barre area ) and the highlands of Connecticut, that are every bit as scary as anywhere else.

        Also for the record, I like the Phils in a bounce back season with some angry fire and revenge on the brain.

  13. dkphilly1122 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Braves fans are so “cute”, like Craig. You acknowledge your team sucks?? When?? Where?? Cause you hate on the Phillies so much and still swallow whatever the Braves have to offer. By the way, this was out a few months ago, way to finally catch up and throw it up here. You sure do love to hate the Phillies. Get some better info instead of “cute” nonse. I won’t say how good or bad the Phil’s will be this year, I’d rather let them show people. Actions on the field are better than assuming on a computer.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Rollins’ comments were made last night, but thanks for playing.

      And anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows that I am critical of the Braves, often to the point of unwarranted pessimism.

      • craigisaloser - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Craig your “cut and paste” skills are superb!! You certainly know how to work a mouse to it’s full potential. Keep up the good reposting work.

    • mrqwag - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I don’t get how you say “Actions on the field are better than assuming on a computer”? The Phils finished 17 games back last year in their division and 13 back of the Braves. Those are somewhat noticeable “actions”.

  14. b453841l - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Maybe the road still runs through Philly, Jimmy–unfortunately for you, now so do all the other teams.

    Zut Alores!

  15. kevinleaptrot - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Apparently Mr. Rollins has suffered a concussion recently. How freakin’ delusional can he be? Last season the NL East rolled OVER Philly, not through it, and there’s no reason so believe that that will change next season. They had their time, now it’s back to Loserville for Philly.

    • dino1730 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      And the year before the Phillies won 102 games, just shows what a difference a year can make. I love how confident Rollins is about his team, it shows the heart this team had when this run started in ’07 is still there. What is so wrong with that? What would we be saying if the starting shortstop of a team said, “I think we’re going to be the doormat of the division this year.”

  16. thebadguyswon - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    The Mets took it from Atlanta….by more accurately, the Expos took it from them first in 1994.

  17. craigisaloser - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Suck a hairy nut Craig…..

  18. hisgirlgotburrelled - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I’ve always thought the proverbial road runs through the previous year’s leader. They didn’t have much of a chance to defend their ’11 NL East leadering (I refuse to call leading a division a championship) with their 3 and 4 hitters missing half of the season and 2 of their top 3 starters missing several starts. They don’t look like favorites right now in the offseason, but are people suggesting the 44-30 after the all-star break was a fluke and they’re more like the 37-51 team?

    He compared the way the Phillies are thinking of 2013 as Atlanta probably thought of 2007. Dominating the division then entering a season in which they did not finish first the year before for the first time in a long time. Not that they’re the team to beat for the next decade. I think this is how most people read the quote. Not sure why you listed all the other seasons. Proper “trolling?”

  19. thebadguyswon - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Clearly, Rollins is delusional. They are an aging .500 team.

  20. jb0621 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    From a life long Philles fan…..Shut up already Jimmy. You haven’t been relevant in years now

    • xmatt0926x - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Agreed. Seriously, I know it’s a slow time for baseball but all the arguing over comments from a guy like Jimmy Rollins is wasted effort. He always makes these kind of comments and nobody takes him too seriously in Philly. There are three certain things in life: Death, Taxes, and Jimmy Rollins taking shots at the other National League East teams in the offseason and taking shots at the Philly fans during the season. Oh well. I guess Craig will get his 50 comments from this post. I doubt he felt there was any relevance to that Jimmy comment other than that.

    • thesportsguru7 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      You may want to check those facts man…

      Only 3 shortstops over the past 4 years have a higher WAR than Jimmy Rollins. He’s a consistent Gold Glover. And a the spark to the Phillies lineup. When Jimmy is going the offense is going. He’s effort on the field at some points last season was a little disheartening, yet he’s still one of the top 5 shortstops in baseball.

      • dino1730 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        I agree, when his career is over Rollins will have borderline Hall of Fame number when compared to other shortstops in the Hall. I love him.

  21. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I like it when old guys like Jimmy talk about what baseball was like back in their day. It is fun to remember the ‘good ol days’ with senior citizens.

  22. natsattack - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    “Baseball teams run over Philly.”

  23. fighterflea - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Like the guys who leave it all on the field and have nothing less for the press. Guess Jimmy is rested up by now. We don’t even know what the teams will look like in ’13 and who is healthy. This fan talk is all bravado. Teams with money to improve their team will thrive, other teams better have young guys coming along. In the East, I’m getting the feeling the Mets are a little strapped cash-wise. Makes it tough to compete but they have good young starting pitching. Other four teams — it’s too early at this point.

  24. schmedley69 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Jimmy has a pretty good history of backing up his talk. This will be an interesting year for the Phils. I’m expecting a big bounce back year. They held their own for the first few months of last season, but when they got hit with another wave of injuries and lost Halladay, Polanco and Galvis, the bottom fell out. There was a stretch where Ty Wiggington was their everyday 3B and Mike Fontenot was playing 2B regularly. Their defense and bullpen killed them during this time. The 2nd half of the year was encouraging. If Amaro makes the right moves and they get a little luck in the health department, they should be in the hunt for the division. This is a high character group of players, and I expect them to play with a little chip on their shoulders next year.

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