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Jimmy Rollins on Ryne Sandberg: “Everyone is allowed to have their opinion. That doesn’t make it right.”

Mar 13, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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Phillies spring training as off to a spectacular start. The offense is pretty awful. Pitchers are getting hurt. Jimmy Rollins is having one of his occasional spats with his manager about his perceived effort.

Rollins, despite being healthy, has been out of the lineup for three straight days, with Freddy Galvis taking his place. When asked about that yesterday, Sandberg sounded frustrated with Rollins. Specifically, after he praised Freddy Galvis for his “energy” and his “positive influence on everyone around him,” he offered a “no comment” when asked if Rollins provides such things.

This morning reporters found Rollins and asked him about Sandberg’s “no comment.” Rollins said he had no problem with Sandberg and that he’s the manager, so “he gets to have the last say.” But he also made it clear that he disagreed with Sandberg, saying “everyone is allowed to have their opinion. That doesn’t make it right.”

It’s probably worth noting at this point that Sandberg has taken some behind the scenes criticism for approaching spring training in a rather intense manner. When I was in Clearwater last week Sandberg had the entire team out on the field on a gameday doing cutoff and infield drills on the main field. It was noted by some around me — people who have observed the Phillies for several years — that it was pretty unusual for them to do that, and that perhaps Sandberg was trying to send a message or make a point at best, trying way too hard at worst. That it was a little drill sergeanty for the first week of March with a veteran team.

Which makes me wonder how much of this is about Jimmy Rollins being Jimmy Rollins — a guy who has butted heads with managers and has been criticized for lack of effort in the past — and how much of this is about Ryne Sandberg being at an 11 when most players would expect him to be at a 6.

  1. phillyfan7786 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    This is what pisses me off about this situation and players like Jimmy Rollins. The team has sucked for the last couple years and there’s a new manager in town who is trying to do some things different to add a spark to the ball club. Why does Jimmy, a veteran player who is presumably respected in the clubhouse, acting like a little bitch and not doing everything possible to right this ship (if it even can be)?

    Rollins did the same thing when Bowa was manager. I’m not saying Bowa was great and I’m not saying that Sandberg will be, but it’s time to try something different from Charlie’s “players first” attitude. Someone like Rollins, who is supposed to want to win, needs to be on board and put in some extra effort and lead by example. God forbid a manager ask his players to practice/warm-up hard and show up on time on a daily basis. Without RAJ handing out contracts like they were candy bars on Halloween Rollins would be playing on a 1-2 year deal somewhere else.

  2. phillysports1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Lmao @babyfarkmcgeezax

  3. emdash01 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    It just seems smart to me for a 35-year-old shortstop to not run out everything and risk pulling a hamstring during a Spring Training game. Isn’t it better for him to try to stay healthy for when the games count? Not like the Phils have any better options at shortstop right now.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      you’re missing the point…

      it’s about his ATTITUDE…

  4. scotttheskeptic - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    My dislike of Jimmy Rollins should be well known to those who have previously read my comments, and I really wanted them to simply DFA him this off-season to commence with the necessary changes. As the longest-tenured player on the team, he occupies that spot that was held by Bobby Abreu in 2005 and 2006 – the rest of the roster will follow his lead, and that is why I wish him gone.

    As for the drills, it was obvious the last several years that the Phillies were awful at the fundamentals and lacking the slugging to overcome that deficiency. I know that managers and players who emphasize, “the little things,” are often derided here at HBT, but a little run prevention through fundamentally sound baseball may actually win the Phils a few more games this year. Perhaps even get to .500 as the season closes.

  5. phillysports1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Hmmm don’t matter what you say , as long one of my Phil’s got the award I’m ok with that .

  6. ndrick731 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Rollins is washed up but if they can aggravate him enough maybe he will waive his no trade clause to get out.

  7. timpaz - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Sandburg knew when he took this job, it’s a team of old overpaid players going nowhere, How does Amaro still have a job?

  8. phillysports1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    @dprat…. Mets chocke that year with 13 games to play up by 7 games in the division . Wright and them boys choke lmao waste of season for the NY METS

  9. xmatt0926x - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Let’s see. Rollins has butted heads with every manager he has played for at this point. He’s been benched at times by all for perceived “attitude” issues. Larry Bowa, who is back as a coach and is understood to be a “rollins guy” has said recently that Rollins doesn’t go hard on every play like Chase Utley does.

    Yeah, it probably is all just a bad coincidence and is not about Rollins as much as it’s about Sandberg. Yep, that’s it. Somehow and some way the other players have been able to deal with that rotten bastard Sandberg and his tyrannical ways.

    I just hope Rollins can get past yet another manager picking on him.

  10. phillysports1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    @ochospantalones

    how can you say Franco may never be ready for the majors ? You don’t know his potential ? If your saying that about Franco then I guess Asche should go back to high school ball . Franco is a much better player then Asche ! . Franco can defend as well , so what are you saying ??? He’s still young so give him couple more years .. Is terrible that Asche probably start at the corner over him to start the season ..

  11. phillysports1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Hoping you meant ‘ he’s not ready to PLAY the 3rd position in the majors …’

  12. phillysports1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    His fielding is improving though .

  13. teedraper - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Typical power hungry white ex ball players turned managers.

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