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Ryne Sandberg gives Jimmy Rollins the Lou Brown/Willie Mays Hayes talk

Aug 20, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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In “Major League,” Indians manager Lou Brown tells his speedy hitoff man, Willie Mays Hayes  to quit swinging for the fences and to use his natural speed to get on base and make things happen. If not? Consequences:

Well, you may run like Mays, but you hit like s**t. With your speed, you should hit the ball on the ground and be legging them out. Every time I see you hit one in the air, you owe me 20 pushups.

Ryne Sandberg was nicer about it with Phillies ledoff man Jimmy Rollins, but the gist is the same. From the Philadelphia Daily News, a story about how Sandberg is telling Rollins to cut down on his home run swing and hit grounders and liners so as to use his speed. Sandberg:

I would like him not to focus on hitting home runs … What I think for Jimmy at the top of the lineup with his speed and his baserunning and as good as he is as a baserunner, he’s got to get on base. I don’t think him focusing on hitting 15 to 20 home runs in the right approach for him.

If that doesn’t happen, Sandberg suggested Rollins could be dropped from the leadoff spot.

You can do those things when you first take over and the team isn’t going anywhere. And Sandberg’s comments about wanting to see Rollins getting on base above all else have to be welcome to Phillies fans. It’ll be interesting to see, however, whether Rollins — a guy who has not been pleased by past efforts to mess with him at the top of the lineup — takes to this or not.

  1. chiadam - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Nice catch, Rollins. Don’t ever f***ing do it again.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Come on Rollins, get in front of the damn ball! Don’t give me this “Ole!” Bullshit!

      • mundial8 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Brown was talking to Dorn, not Mayes Hayes…

      • DJ MC - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        “Young” is the more appropriate name for that quote, I think. Unless you want to save him for the…

        “This guy’s dead!”

        “Well, cross him off then.”

        …exchange.

  2. skeleteeth - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Biggest gripe against Charlie and what I never could understand is the thinking of Rollins as a leadoff hitter.

  3. bleedgreen - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Jimmy can only be fixed if Jimmy wants to be fixed, and I don’t think Jimmy wants to be fixed. He wants to just ride out his contract and collect as much money as he can with as little work as possible.

    • chadjones27 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      “James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is… James Cameron.”

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Jimmy can only be fixed if Jimmy wants to be fixed, and I don’t think Jimmy wants to be fixed.

      What is he? A French Poodle?

      • bleedgreen - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        He might be, the way he walks around all entitled like.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        That was part of the joke of course. Give bg a cigar! :)

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Jimmy is angry, don’t make Jimmy angry.

  4. 12strikes - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    That explains what Ryan said when RAJ called and asked him to take over Phillies:

    Ryan: Let me get back to you, will ya,? I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Ryan… Howard? Who is Ryan? You mean Ryne Sandberg?

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Man, just say Ryno. Less chance of getting it wrong.

  5. ditto65 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    This is where Cholly was awful. Rollins is not/was not a power hitter. Someone (Cholly) should have told him years ago. But a “players’ manager” would never do this.

  6. waiverclaim - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Rollins is a fine bottom of the order hitter, but his OBP skills have always stunk and have prevented him from being a first ballot HOFer like he potentially could have been.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      If only he was better, he could have been a Hall of Famer. This is true of every human being, ever.

      • ptfu - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Jimmy still has a chance. The Hall of Fame has plenty of non-incredible players in it.

  7. dlf9 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Conceptually, I like what Ryno is trying to do, but both as an observer of baseball managers and as someone in a management role in my personal career, the idea of telling outsiders what are the deficiencies of his subordinates strikes me as counter-productive.

    • chadjones27 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      I think that theory works in the private sector, but in sports, where everything is reported and everyone knows the type of player that Jimmy, there are certain leniencies given to managers who are reporting how he’s going to manage.

      • dlf9 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Yeah … but some of my favorite baseball managers absolutely refused to “discipline” a player via the press. Folks like Walter Alston, Bobby Cox, Dick Howswer and others said nothing but vague platitudes publicly but, according to later reports, directly addressed the concern with the applicable player.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Good Lord Man. If you’re going to spam us, at least use proper engrish.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      I haven’t seen you much lately.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Work, blech, pressure cooker, no time for chit chat. Probably for a while. They rolled some senior example executions.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Those bastards.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      That they can be, but they are also the check writers, so , alas……..

  9. mplsjoe - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Did Sandberg also…soil…Rollins’ contract?

  10. greymares - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    If I’m Sandberg I’m batting Rollins 7th hoping to piss him off so he takes an I’ll show you attitude, plays out of his butt so i can trade him for a bullpen piece. let Galvis man the position for a year until J.P Crawford takes over he will start next season at AA. next year but this kid IS the real deal.

    • dcal4282 - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      while that is a nice thought, Rollins has a full no trade that he already said he is not willing to waive.

      • greymares - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Well then a ride on the bench will stoke tha ego enough to wave that no trade clause

  11. The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    What Sandberg is missing is that in Rollins’ most productive years, he did in fact hit for power, but he’s never been a particularly high OBP guy. He’s never gotten on base at a .350 clip for a full season (though he’s come extremely close) and while .350 is certainly solid, it doesn’t represent a guy who’s all over the basepaths. So apparently Sandberg is hoping that Rollins can completely change his game after 14 years in the big leagues, and be successful at it. I’m not saying he’s a good bet to hit 30 homers again, but the idea that he’s likely to become some kind of high-OBP speedster at this point isn’t all that believable either.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Hey, if it leads to less popups… you never know. At this point, anything will be an improvement.

  12. pheagles - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Forget the curve ball Ricky, give em the heater.

  13. delsj - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Jimmy only needs 95 hits to be the Phillies’ all-time hit leader. He will not leave on his own until he gets it. His contract makes it impossible to release him before the 2014 season. Rollins is guaranteed $11M in 2014 with full 10/5 no-trade protection and he has, at minimum, a player option for 2015 at $5M. Jimmy will be back in 2014 barring injury – thank Ruben if you want and deal with it.

    He is the greatest shortstop in Phillies history and the catalyst for the 2008 World Series. He wants to end his career here where he started. The witch hunt around Rollins is a joke, especially with such little backlash on the lifetime contract just signed by Saint Chase, the patron saint of bad knees.

    Disgraceful for the club and the fans that this guy is marching towards the most hits in franchise history and being faced with such negativity. Hopefully everyone comes to their senses and gets behind Rollins and what may be the only major accomplishment in 2014 Phillies baseball.

    • ryanrockzzz - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      You have to seperate the past success from the future of the team to see many of the points on here.

      Rollins was a pretty good player for the last 10 years. Always had good pop in his bat, could steal bases, and obviously was great from the SS position. He also provided leadership, moxie and mental toughness.

      The problem fans have is during the last two years Rollins had abandoned/lost all of the qualities that make him a good player. No longer can he run AS fast. No longer can he hit was AS much power. No longer does he get on base AS much…(although that was never exactly a strength).

      He does still show an inability to get walks and be patient at the plate however.

      When you can’t do any of the things that made you a good player well, you would hope a player would fall back on leadership, grit, and doing the little things right. None of these are things Rollins appears interested in doing. He appears disengaged from being a leader now. He comes off as a “seen it all, done it all,” type of player. You see that in his hustle, in his comments to the media, etc. Chase Utley may very well be the same, but at least he is still a farily productive player. Rollins hasn’t given the team anything in two years. He hit free agency at a perfect time. The Phillies still were in contention, they had no foreseeable option, (don’t give me Galvis), and so they brought him back, probably thinking if nothing else he would be a good influence as his play declined. That hasn’t been the case. And that just gives Phillies fans a ton more reasons to be mad at the player Rollins is now.

  14. granadafan - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    One of my favorite sports movies!

  15. hank10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Jim-Me does whatever Jim-Me wants. Ryno will never change Jim-Me’s approach or that of the other stalwarts. Best he use his energy to instill the proper way to play the game with the younger guys. That is if Jim-Me hasn’t already imprinted his style on them.

  16. DJ MC - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Delmon Young: “Are saying Jesus Christ Can’t hit a curveball?”

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