Rollins Departs Philly for L.A.

Posted on January 20, 2015 by


Jimmy Rollins spent 14 years in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform. Before Rollins made his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was playing here in Reading, P.A., with the then Reading Phillies.

“I never had the chance to see Rollins play when he was in the minors, but I’m sure it would have been just as exciting as seeing him play in the MLB,” senior Brody Cargen said.

Recently, the Phillies have decided to go into “rebuilding mode” due to the last two years being a struggle and the team just not firing on all cylinders like they were in the 2008 and 2009 seasons when they made World Series appearances and won a world championship in ‘08 for the first time since 1980.

“The last two seasons or so have been hard to watch for Phillies fans. Not a whole lot going on, lacking key offensive pieces and just not a championship caliber team,” Cargen said.

Rollins and the Phillies parted ways recently.  Rollins is 36-years-old and many believe the best of Rollins has came and gone.

The Phillies traded Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers. What the Phillies received in return is still being worked out, and nothing was official besides the Dodgers’ acquisition of Rollins.

“Jimmy was a great player.  He wasn’t very consistent and didn’t always hustle, but he was still a fan favorite,” senior Michael Scott Osenbach said.

With Spring training right around the corner, many fans are anticipating a slightly better season than the last two struggleing seasons. The Phillies are hoping to bring in some youth and a few veterans to bring a championship back to Philadelphia.

“I’m ready for the season to start,” senior Lizzay Faust said.

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