Yesterday, Jimmy Rollins walked two times and hit his fifth home run of the season. Rollins is getting on base and hitting for power: J-Rol ranks third in OBP, ninth in slugging, and fifth in OPS among all MLB shortstops. His .262/.359/.428 line is his best since 2008, the year after he won the NL MVP award.
It is sort of amazing that Rollins’ accomplishments aren’t more celebrated among Phillies fans.
Rollins has already amassed 1.4 fWAR, good enough for fifth among shortstops and his performance has been worth $7.70 million. According to FanGraphs, Rollins has been worth every penny of his 2011 off-season extension, providing $36.9 million of value from 2012 through 163 PA in 2014. Rollins has not only been valuable already this season, but his has fast start has vaulted him further along in Phillies history.
As I wrote yesterday:
With his 1-2, 2 BB, 2 run, 1 RBI day, J-Rol is now 11th all-time in homers, 17th in runs, and 34th in RBI among shortstops, in addition to being tied for 10th in steals, 27th in hits, 8th in doubles, and 14th in triples. Rollins is in a really meaty part of the record books in the counting stats and should make substantial jumps within the next few months. Is J-Rol a Hall of Famer? He has put himself among them.
Speaking of having a place among Hall of Famers, J-Rol is now just 21 hits behind Mike Schmidt for first place all-time in club history. Rollins tied Ed Delahanty for third place and when Rollins gets his fourth-next hit, he will tie Richie Ashburn for second place. With his homer, J-Rol moved into a tie for ninth place Dick Allen.
With a little luck, Rollins will not only break the all-time Phillies hits record, but he may be able to catch Cy Williams for eighth place in club history at 217 HR. Rollins should close the gap a bit between he and Delahanty for second place in runs and he should be able to catch Sherry Magee for seventh on the club list in RBI. Rollins is just 78 steals away from catching “Sliding” Billy Hamilton for the all-time club lead as well.
J-Rol is already the all-time leader in club history in doubles and is third in triples. Rollins (109) is unlikely to catch Delahanty (157) or Magee (127) on the club’s triples leader board.
With a World Series ring, a spot in the top five in just about every major Phillies counting stat, and as one of just five Phillies to ever win an MVP award, Rollins is in rare Phillies air. His accomplishments should be treated as such.