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Jimmy Rollins Wins NL MVP

NL MVPIt will be announced shortly that Philadelphia’s own Jimmy Rollins will win the National League Most Valuable Player Award. With Ryan Howard’s win last year, this will mark the eighth time in NL history that two teammates have won the MVP consecutive years – first since Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds did it in 2000 and 2001. JRoll will also join the ranks of the four other Phillies to win the award along with Howard, Mike Schimdt (’80, ’81, ’86), Jim Konstanty (1950), and Chuck Klien (1932).

The year began contrversally for our fiery shortstop as he repeatedly made outrageous claims like the “2007 Phillies were the team to beat.” The smack talk simultaneously got under the skin of NL East opponents and inspired the Phils to step on the field and prove it. Well, of course we all know, not only was Jimmy spot on with his prediction, he made sure the prophecy was self-fulfilling.

This season JRoll played in all 162 regular season games and the 3 games that made up the Phillies abbreviated playoff run. In 716 at-bats mostly from the leadoff spot, he scored 139 runs while driving in 94, and had 212 hits including 38 doubles, 20 triples and 30 homeruns. He remained a terror on the basepaths stealing 41 bases while being caught only 6 times for a 87% success rate. At short he compiled a .985 fielding percentage while making just 11 errors and turning a career-high 110 double-plays alongside Chase Utley and the since-released Tad Iguchi. Although he was unable to carry his hot hitting into his first playoff appearance, he made good use of the 2 hits he did have (a triple and a homer) driving in four runs.

For the 2007 season, Jimmy Rollins lead the league in Games Played, At Bats, Plate Appearances, Runs, and Triples. He finished second in Hits, Total Bases, Extra Base Hits. Simply put, he deserved to win the National League’s Most Valuable Player and he did. Congrats Jimmy!!

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  1. NateB

    November 20, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    This feels good… when I was visiting Colorado to go to the Phils’ playoff game I had to endure false chants of “Over-Rated” to Rollins and “M-V-P” to Holliday the entire game. I’m glad that those Rockies fans are eating their words, and facing the facts that Rollins is just the better, more-deserving player!!!

  2. Mike K

    November 20, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    This is just awesome!!! I’m glad that J-Roll won the award. He deserved it. His style of play and leadership kept the team going. All those Philly haters can choke on their words now!! Woo-hoo.

  3. Bill

    November 20, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    t feels like it did from 1976 to 1983 when I was a kid and was so proud to be a Phillies fan! Between Ryan Howard in 2006 and J Roll this year winning the MVP and winning the NL East, it is a great time to be a Phillies fan. More championships and a world series win is on the way! Thank you Phillies for bringing the pride back to Philadelphia. It is so great to see this town love its favorite team again!

    http://philliesphorum.mlblogs.com

  4. VA Steve

    November 20, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Congratulations Jimmy, you truly deserve it! And, thank you for inspiring your teammates to the NL East crown. Believe, it only gets better from here!

  5. Lorenzo

    November 20, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    I think we need Phillies Nation Jimmy Rollins apparel!

  6. Greg

    November 21, 2007 at 9:19 am

    I’d be interested to know which sportswriter placed JRoll as a 5th place vote and even worse Holliday as a 6th?

  7. ET90210

    November 21, 2007 at 9:27 am

    I think this was a great MVP race. Either guy could have won it (Roll or Holliday), and not many could really complain.

    There is an article about this on http://www.mlbfleecefactor.com.

  8. Greg F.

    November 21, 2007 at 10:56 am

    That odor eminating from Denver is sour grapes. The poison pen of Rocky Mountain News’ Bernie Lincicome on the NL MVP vote:

    “Rollins, a nice little player for the Phillies, beating out Holliday is as ridiculous as a parking valet being named driver of the year over NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson.”

    No word on how Lincicome got his job as a sportswriter. Maybe he beat out a high school intern?

  9. Matt Kwasiborski

    November 21, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    I am usually very critical when I post about the Phils, especially about hitting in the clutch, but now is the time to celebrate Rollins.

    Rollins came to the MLB regarded as a defensive whiz but not very consistent with the bat. Rollins is one of the best defensive SS in the past 15 years and I have no idea what games his critics and certain sportswriters are watching.

    What impresses me with Rollins is that he recognized that his swing and plate discipline was not cut out for the majors. Yes, it took a while for him to realize as he used to try to hit 5 run HRs about every second AB but he was humble enough to change his approach. I wrote one time that the Phils should just drop him to 7th or 8th for the rest of his career. But about a month later you could see that he did indeed change, adopted great plate discipline by learning to work a count and leveled out his swing. It took a tremendous amount of patience but the results paid off more than anyone ever thought. Imagine if Pat Burrell would have done that after his first sub-.210 season

    Combined with his leadership and determination, he put the whole organization on his 5’7″ back and carried us to the division as he predicted. We haven’t had an athlete in Philly be able to do this in a very long time. He is the best SS in our storied history! Even Bill Conlin has turned around his opinion on J-Roll. And imagine that USA baseball chose Adam Everett as their SS over J-Roll a couple of years ago.

    Congrats to J-Roll, he deserves it!

  10. Chris.I

    November 21, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Congrads on Rollins MVP award…That goes to prove we can also be the Yankees of the national leauge, and were to be taken alot more serious this 08′ season.

    I just read the Phils offered Lowell 50 million for a 4 year contract…I just wanna know….WHY? Why not offer that to Cabrera?

  11. Tom

    November 21, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    cabrera is not a free agent.

  12. NateB

    November 21, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    We don’t want to be the Yankees of the National League… the ridiculous amounts of money they spend is more like the Mets and Red Sox. Politics, greed, and curroption- it makes me sick. I like the Phillies just the way they are… the underdogs with home-grown talent and guys that want to stick with the team throughout their entire careers. That’s what baseball is all about, and that’s why the Phillies give us so much satisfaction/grief/excitement/drama/happiness, etc. You have to be proud to route for a team in the pure league- the National League, and a team with guys like Rollins who play with so much heart.

  13. Chris.I

    November 21, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    I meant be like the Yankees as far as winning back to back Mvp’s, and being able to spend a little more to the team.

    Tom your right…Caberea isn’t a free agent. He’s trade bait though…I know the Phils wont give up any talent for him, but it’s nice to dream, huh? Its the Angels Caberea thats a free agent (mis-read it sorry)

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