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Ryne Sandberg sounds frustrated with Jimmy Rollins

Mar 12, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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Freddy Galvis started at shortstop over Jimmy Rollins in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida and Galvis will be getting the start again in Thursday’s home game versus the Yankees.

Rollins is considered to be fully healthy and the Phillies typically play all of their projected starters in spring home games, so reporters asked manager Ryne Sandberg to explain the peculiar absences.

Jim Salisbury of has the story:

Sandberg likes competition within a team. Given that, he was asked whether Galvis could be creeping up on Rollins, the Phillies starter at shortstop for 13 seasons.

“Freddy’s a guy that will get playing time at various positions,” Sandberg said. “He’s a guy that I like in the lineup. I felt good about what he brings to the table. The biggest thing I like is his energy and his positive influence, his positive influence on everyone around him.”

Sandberg was asked what he would say about Rollins in that regard.

“No comment,” the manager said.

It was certainly an interesting response.

Stay tuned Thursday to see where this goes.

Rollins has been criticized in the past for a lack of hustle, and former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel even benched him at one point. Now it appears that Sandberg is trying to send an early message. But does he really want his 35-year-old shortstop (who has a history of leg injuries) going all-out in mid-March?

  1. babyfarkmcgeezax - Mar 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    If Rollins angers the manager enough to get heated, Sandberg could become Glass City

  2. phillyupperdecker - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Rollins has a no trade clause and I only after personal team records at this point. He will achieve them even with a poor season. If Sandberg rides him hard enough about slacking maybe Rollins lifts his no trade clause and heads out of town.

    • mox19380 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      he can’t reach those goals on the bench. maybe that’s sandbergs play. make jimmy realize that the only way he’s going to get those goals is by being on the field, and the only way he is going to be on the field is if he goes hard

  3. chew1985 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Jimmy hasn’t broken a sweat since 2009. If he had kept that 2007-9 pace up, he’d be a sure-fire Hall of Famer. This more recent version has been hard to watch; and where has the leadership gone?

    He put that team on his back in 2007, 2008 and 2009. But since then it’s been a bad dream.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      He was terrible in 2009.

      87 OPS+ and 1.7 WAR.

      2004-2008 were the only years he had a WAR above 3.

      And he’s only had 1 season in his career offensively that could be considered markedly above average (2007 OPS+ of 119….Hell, his career OPS+ is down to 96).

      • paperlions - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Quit ruining narrative with fact. Also convenient, ignoring age…as if, once a guy turns 30 it is normal for them to maintain the same level of performance….or repeat their career year every year.

        Rollins has never once been anything approaching the best player on his team. Very good player, for sure, but he never put any Philly team on his back.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        I really want to reply to this without it sounding like I’m directing my sarcasm at you, paper….but no matter how I phrase it, it sounds like I am mocking you and not the notion that his 104 OPS+ and 4.4 WAR per season (In the years initially cited) would have put him on track to be a HOF.

        Especially when the years I cited put him at 5.1 WAR and and OPS+ of….umm….well still only 105.

      • paperlions - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Well, if his average season was similar to his career year, he’d certainly be Hall-of-Famey. But, of course, he’s never really had 2 years similar to that one, much less a decade of such production.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        I think if most slightly above average players averaged their career year they would be HOFers.

        And if most HOFers averaged their career years baseball would be a ridiculous game.

  4. nottinghamforest13 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    He’s a typical, lazy black athlete. Plain & simple. “He got paid!”

    • karlkolchak - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Yeah, just like those bums Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Emmitt Smith, Hank Aaron, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Joe Morgan, Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Jim Rice, Andre Dawson, Ernie Banks, Tony Gwynn, Barry Larkin, Tim Duncan, Eddie Murray, Ray Lewis, Michael Strahorn, Kirby Puckett, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Willie Stargell, Willy McCovey, Willie Mays, Lou Brock, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Shaquile O’Neil etc, etc, etc.

      Typical white bigot commenter–has no idea what he’s talking about.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens, Tommy Smith and John Carlos, Bill Russell, Larry Doby, Buck O’Neil

    • braddavery - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Jesus. Stop opening your ignorant mouth in a public setting.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      The fact that this has 8 upvotes makes me want to stab 7 random people in the stomach and the OP in the face.

      • fearlessleader - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Tfbuckfutter, cheer up—think of how miserable those eight people have been for every day of the Obama administration.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:36 PM


      • chunkala - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        Have doctors found the antidote to 2 bullets to the temple yet?
        Bring a knife, someone else will bring a gun.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      And you are a typical white racist. “You din’t get paid!”

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Your a typical, lazy-eyed, slack jawed, hilljack that hides behind a keyboard.
      I wish we were in a bar together. Because I would throw my beer in your face then hit you with the mug. And when you tried to stagger back up I would punch you in the mouth resulting in you falling back down. Then…I would enjoy my free beer for the rest of the evening.
      But that’s just me.

      • chunkala - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        And then maybe someone would be waiting outside and as you get in your car an IED would detonate, sending pieces of you all over town.
        Talk is cheap, you’d win the battle then lose your life. Smart gameplan.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Wow. Going off the deep end a bit huh Chunk? We weren’t discussing an IED in Kabul. We were discussing putting a slack jawed, lazy eyed bigot in his place….IN A BAR.

  5. nsstlfan - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Same thing happened in 1996 on the Cardinals. Cardinals get a can’t miss young shortstop named Royce Clayton. Tony LaRussa plays Clayton more in ST and Ozzie Smith feels unappreciated and like he was lied to. LaRussa names Clayton everyday shortstop Smith vows never to have anything to do with the Cardinals until LaRussa’s gone. LaRussa/Smith feud is going on until this day. I don’t see where any good can come out of something like this even this early in spring training.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      When was Royce Clayton a “can’t miss young shortstop”? Especially in 1996, after 4 seasons of being terrible?

      And when was Jimmy Rollins comparable to Ozzie Smith?

      How is this the same thing?

      • ryanrockzzz - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        Both are/were marquee franchise players. I can see a comparison there. Both are/were vets in the decline phase of the career. The thing that got me was the Royce Clayton can’t miss thing.

  6. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM


    • spursareold - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!

      Larry: Lollygaggers!

      Skip: Lollygaggers.

  7. seattlenative57 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM


    you’re a disgrace no matter your race

    • chaseutley - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Trolls feed on your outrage. Ignore him or report him.

  8. earpaniac - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Anyone who remembers Ryno’s HOF speech knew he’d have problems with Rollins.

  9. ryanrockzzz - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Rollins also has an option that kicks in for next season if he reaches 450 plate appearances. That’s probably on RAJ’s mind right now, so he may not have a huge problem with Galvis eating up some innings.

    I have no problem with Jimmy not running hard on every play, but when the team is losing and has the worst batting average in the Grapefruit league, and you say “who cares,” it’s hard to defend a benching.

    The best thing for Rollins will be to accept a trade to a contending team mid-season and play the string out there. He’s a great player when the team is winning, I think that’s what motivates him. But when the team is losing, or just isn’t very good, his attitude and style of play just hold it down.

  10. greymares - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    I have had trouble with Jimmy Rollins attitude and his decisions to not hustle or at times not play the game the right way. If your a realistic Philly fan you know that changes will have to be made. I have no trouble starting with Rollins. forget the money that’s lost either way, put him on the bench, play Galvis until J.P.Crawford is ready then Galvis can replace Chase and we can get started to rebuild this team.

  11. mox19380 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I didn’t want jimmy getting that last contract he got, so any news that seems to indicate to the end of the ‘self entitled pursuit of individual accolades Jimmy Rollins era’ gives me hope that the Phillies are going to start heading in the right direction again.

    freddy galvis plays as good a shortstop and can hit close enough to .250 that j-roll won’t be missed… Get off my team Jimmy!

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