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Jimmy Rollins on time with the Phillies: “We should have […] won at least three” championships

Jun 26, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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Jimmy Rollins, never one to mince words, said in a radio interview with Philadelphia’s 94 WIP that the Phillies “should have been to the World Series four times and won at least three”. Andrew Kulp of The 700 Level transcribed the interview, providing the context:

“We should have been to the World Series four times and won at least three [of them], in my opinion,” Rollins told Ike Reese and Glen Macnow on 94WIP. “But other than that, yes. Besides not winning more championships, I couldn’t really ask for more over what’s happened thus far.”

Since winning it all in 2008, the Phillies’ trajectory has been on a continuous downward slope:

  • 2009: Lost World Series in six games to the Yankees
  • 2010: Lost NLCS in six games to the Giants
  • 2011: Lost NLDS in five games to the Cardinals
  • 2012: Finished 81-81 in third place in NL East
  • 2013: Finished 73-89 in fourth place in NL East
  • 2014: On pace for 74-88 record, last place in NL East

Rollins was asked about that in particular because now that he broke the Phillies’ all-time hits record, many are wondering if Rollins — who has been with the Phillies since he was drafted in the second round in the 1996 draft — would waive his 10-and-5 rights so the Phillies could trade him to another team and begin a rebuild. Rollins had said while he was chasing the hits record that he wasn’t considering it, but he has softened his stance since.

Rollins, 35, is having a productive season, slashing .252/.339/.394 with eight home runs, 29 RBI, and 13 stolen bases on the season.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Coulda, shoulda, eastwoulda

  2. Hard On For Harden - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Meh I think they’ll be good. As I was told by Phils fans in 2011 they have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball and GM Ruben Amaro Jr (RAJ they call him), who always has a trick up his sleeve. And let’s not forget 5 tool superstar Dom Brown, one of the greatest prospects to ever lace up a pair of spikes.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Who among us doesn’t?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Almost replied to the right comment. F*** it! that must mean bedtime.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      I almost missed the sarcasm, then I reread you comment and caught it. Whew, that could have been embarrassing.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        That’s makes two of us Luke. I thought…he can’t be serious. So I too, had to re-read it.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      After the trades they made in 2010 and 2011, I don’t think there was a single Phillies fan who said they had a deep farm system. But I am glad you have your come uppance.

      You have a good day

      • Hard On For Harden - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Sorry, I was ripped to shreds here back in 2011 by Phils fans when the Pence negotiations were going on. All of a sudden every Phils fan had morphed into an amateur John Sickels. I’ll be taking shots all season then ‘ll let it go. Have a great weekend.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        Fair enough – and you did have a very “above board” snarkiness.

        And meh….what you said is not to far off what I have said about the Nats and there 2013 World Series victory (they did win it, right?) 😉

        Well played

  3. karlkolchak - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    By that logic, the Braves shoulda won about nine WS championships since 1990. Doesn’t work that way, Jimmy.

    • stupidusername - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      No it doesn’t work that way, and that’s really what he’s saying, regretting not winning more when they were one of the best teams.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      On point Kolchak. And Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark will also tell you they “should” have won a couple more. But the thing is…that s h i t is hard to do.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Alrighty then, LeBron.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Jimmy wishes he had LeBron’s success.

  5. paperlions - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    They went to the playoffs 5 times. Making the WS twice and winning one is better than you’d expect to do in that many trips to the playoffs.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Maybe they would have if they didn’t overpay old players who immediately started declining.

  7. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Thank Ruben Amaro for trading Cliff Lee the first time…they would have

  8. pinkfloydprism - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Yes, and I should have won, not one… not two, but THREE lottery jackpots too…

  9. 18thstreet - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Three is a lot to ask for. But sure I thought that pitching staff would lead them to one more.

  10. cshearing - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    There is no “should have” in sports. There is what happened, and what could have happened.

  11. brandotho - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Doubt it. You lost to arguably the best team of the 21st century in 2009. You lost to the Giants in 2010 who had a misfit offense and a pitching staff that was better than yours. In 2011, you lost in the NLDS to a Cardinals team that you guys let in the playoffs yourselves by sweeping the Braves last series of the season

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