|Philadelphia Phillies — No. 11|
|Born: November 27, 1978 |
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|Major League Baseball debut|
|September 17, 2000 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Selected MLB statistics|
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|Runs Batted In||500|
James Calvin "Jimmy" Rollins (born November 27, 1978 in Oakland, California), nicknamed "J-Roll," is an All-Star and MVP shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. In Baseball, a stolen base occurs when a Baserunner successfully advances to the next base while the Pitcher is delivering the ball to Home plate The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Caribbean World Series: Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the "Midsummer Classic" is an annual Baseball game between players from the National League The Most Valuable Player Award (commonly known as the MVP award is an annual award given to one outstanding player in each league of Major League Baseball. Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and Third base. The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. He was a resident of Woolwich Township, New Jersey. Woolwich Township is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. New Jersey ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. 
Rollins comes from an athletic family, as his brother, Antwon, formerly played with the Texas Rangers and the Montreal Expos. The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington Texas, United States, representing the Dallas-Ft The Washington Nationals is an American professional baseball team based in Washington D  His sister, Shay Rollins, is a starter on the University of San Francisco's women's basketball team. University of San Francisco ( USF) is a private Jesuit Roman Catholic University in San Francisco California.  In addition, he attended the same high school as Detroit Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis. The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA In Baseball, the pitcher is the player who throwsthe baseball from the Pitcher's mound toward the Catcher to begin each play with the goal of Dontrelle Wayne Willis (born January 12, 1982 in Oakland California) nicknamed "D-Train" is a Starting pitcher in the 
Though Rollins has developed into a five-tool player during his career due to significant increases in his power hitting, he is perhaps best known for his baserunning skills. In Baseball, a five-tool player is one who excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, Baserunning skills and speed Throwing He has stolen at least 20 bases every season since 2001, with a career-high of 46 in his first year, and reaching 41 in 2005 and 2007. This emulates Rollins' childhood baseball hero, Rickey Henderson. Rickey Henley Henderson (born as Rickey Nelson Henley, December 25 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball Outfielder 
Coming into his rookie season of 2001, there was a lot of hype surrounding Rollins and his blistering speed. Offseason December 15 2000 Ricky Bottalico was signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Caribbean World Series: Many Phillies fans were excited at the thought of having an up-and-coming leadoff man of his potential. He did not disappoint, delivering a league-leading 46 stolen bases that season. Rollins was also the Phillies' only representative at the 2001 All-Star game. He finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting, and was rated the 5th best rookie in the Major Leagues, third-best in the NL, by Baseball America. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given annually to one player from each league as voted upon by the Baseball Writers Association of America Baseball America is a Magazine which covers Baseball at every level with a particular focus on up-and-coming players in High school, College 
In 2002, Rollins finished second among NL shortstops with a . Offseason November 9 2001 Omar Daal was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Eric Junge and Jesus Cordero (minors Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Caribbean World Series: 980 fielding percentage, third in total chances (695), fourth in assists, (504) and fifth in putouts (226). In Baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player properly In Baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic baseball being the rare sport in which the In Baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly ball when appropriate is given to a defensive player who records an out by one of the He led all NL shortstops in stolen bases and finished third in runs (82), fourth in hits (156) and walks (53) and fifth in doubles (33) and RBI (60). He was voted the starting shortstop for the NL All-Star team, and became the first shortstop in Major League history and first Phillie to make the All-Star team in his first two Major League seasons. He was named Best Defensive Shortstop in the NL and third-best NL Baserunner by Baseball America. He also participated in the MLB vs Japan All-Star Series in November in Japan.
Rollins raised his batting average nearly twenty points from the year before in 2003, while hitting 42 doubles and stealing 20 bases. The Philadelphia Phillies season was the 121st season in the history of the franchise Headline event of the year The Florida Marlins become World Series champions holding off a dynastic New York Yankees team 4 games to He tied his career high in errors with 14, while making 204 putouts with 463 assists.  In June, he had a nine-game hitting streak, his best of the season, and in September of that year, he stole his 100th career base against the Atlanta Braves. 
Accomplishments in Rollins' 2004 season included his third "quadruple-double," making him one of three players to accomplish this feat during the season, along with Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF Carl Crawford and Detroit Tigers SS Carlos Guillen; his three ten-game hitting streaks throughout the summer and fall months; and his first career grand slam, hit in the final game of the season against Florida. The Philadelphia Phillies season was the 122nd season in the history of the franchise Headline events of the year The Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since, ending the Curse of the Bambino. The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St Carl Demonte Crawford (born August 5 1981 in) is the starting Left fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. Carlos Alfonso Guillén (born September 30, 1975) is a Major League Baseball Left fielder and Switch-hitter who plays for the The Florida Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami Gardens Florida.  He also hit . 289 with 14 home runs, including 2 inside-the-park home runs and the first one of his career. 43 doubles, 12 triples, and 119 runs scored rounded off his fourth full season in the majors.
The biggest highlight of Rollins' 2005 season came in August and September. The Philadelphia Phillies season was the 123rd season in the history of the franchise 2005 Major League Baseball season Headline events of the year Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the World Series Rollins hit safely in 36 straight games up to and including the last game of the season. This broke a franchise-record for longest hitting streak established in 1899 by Phillies legend Ed Delahanty. Edward James Delahanty (October 30 1867 &ndash July 2 1903 nicknamed "Big Ed" was a Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player from 1888 to 1903 Rollins hit . 379 during the streak, bringing his average for the season to . 290. He also hit 38 doubles, 11 triples and 12 home runs, along with stealing 41 bases, to complete his fourth career "quadruple-double. " He was also named to the National League All-Star Team. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the "Midsummer Classic" is an annual Baseball game between players from the National League
Though he extended his hitting streak to 38 games in the first two games of 2006, Rollins struggled in the first half of the season (. The 2006 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 124th season in the history of the franchise 2006 Major League Baseball season|2006 Nippon Professional Baseball season Headline Event of the Year The 2006 World Baseball Classic is a surprise success 259 AVG, . 744 OPS, 9 HR, 40 K) while hitting leadoff, but went on a tear after the All-Star break (he was not invited to the All-Star Game) with a . On-base plus slugging (OPS is a baseball statistic calculated as the sum of a player's On-base percentage and Slugging percentage. An all-star game is an Exhibition game played by the best players in their Sports league. 319 AVG, . 965 OPS, 18 HR, and 15 K's. He set the Phillies' franchise record for home runs in a season by a shortstop with 25, a record he would later break in 2007. Rollins and Chase Utley (who hit 32 home runs) became the first pair of middle-infielders in National League history to hit at least 25 home runs each in the same season. Chase Cameron Utley (ˈʌtli is a Second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.
In January, Rollins stated:
"The Mets had a chance to win the World Series last year. The Philadelphia Phillies ' 2007 season began with the Phillies approaching an historic mark Last year is over. I think we are the team to beat in the NL East, finally. But, that's only on paper. "
It became an instant sports media sensation, especially given that the New York Mets had won the division in 2006 with relative ease. The claim was widely reported, often without the second part of the quote ("only on paper"). 
Rollins refused to back down from his prediction even as the Phillies began the season with a slow start, and he backed it up in the opening months.  His first half numbers included a . 286 batting average, with 53 RBIs and 16 home runs. Many felt he was snubbed from the 2007 All-Star Game since his statistics appeared better in some categories than the NL's starter, Jose Reyes. Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Minor League Baseball
On June 28, Rollins had a four-hit game against the Cincinnati Reds, including a game-tying triple. Events 1098 - Fighters of the First Crusade defeat Kerbogha of Mosul. The triple was Rollins' 10th, which gave him his fifth career "quadruple-double". Two months later, Rollins was named the National League Player of the Week for August 27 to September 2, 2007. Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Events 44 BC - Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. He recorded seven consecutive multi-hit games from August 26 to August 31 as part of an 18-for-32 stretch, and homered in back-to-back games on August 28 and 29 during the Phillies' four-game sweep of the Mets. Events 1071 - Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert. Events 1056 - Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill dying suddenly a few days later without children to succeed the Throne Events 475 - The Roman General Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his Capital Events 708 - Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708) 
On September 25 against the Atlanta Braves, Rollins hit the home run that completed his 30-30 season. Events 303 - On a voyage preaching the Gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France The 30-30 club is a grouping of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 30 Home run and 30 Stolen base plateaus in the same season On the last day of the 2007 season, Rollins became the fourth player to collect at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs, and 20 stolen bases in one year when he hit his 20th triple of the year in a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals that clinched the National League East division championship for the Phillies. The Washington Nationals is an American professional baseball team based in Washington D The National League East Division is one of Major League Baseball 's six divisions The club would advance to the playoffs for the first time since their 1993 World Series loss; however, they had to play the Colorado Rockies, who ended the Phillies season in a three-game sweep in the NLDS. The 1993 World Series was the second Series in a row played outside the United States of America and the second to be won outside the USA The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The 2007 National League Division Series ( NLDS) the opening round of the 2007 National League playoffs began on Wednesday October 3
Rollins completed his season by winning the National League Most Valuable Player award, beating out Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers. Matthew Thomas "Matt" Holliday (born January 15, 1980, in) nicknamed "Big Daddy" is the starting Left fielder for the Colorado The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. Prince Semien Fielder (born May 9 1984 in Ontario, California) is a Major League Baseball player who plays First base for the Milwaukee The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which plays in the Central Division of the National League  The 17-point voting difference between Rollins and Holliday for NL MVP was the closest since Atlanta Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton beat out Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds by 15 points in 1991. Terry Lee Pendleton (born July 16 1960 in Los Angeles California) is a former Third baseman in Major League Baseball, and the current The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24 1964 is a Major League Baseball Outfielder who is currently a Free agent.  On November 26, Rollins made another bold prediction on his return to Philadelphia. He said he expected the team to win 100 games and that they would go deeper into the playoffs next season. 
Early on, Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran said that with the recent acquisition of Johan Santana, that he believed that the Mets would win the division. The Philadelphia Phillies won the National League Eastern Division and reserved a spot in the 2008 National League Division Series by winning on September Carlos Ivan Beltrán (ˈkɑrloʊs bɛlˈtrɑːn bel- trahn) born April 24 1977 in Manatí Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball Outfielder For the Dominican -born Major League Baseball player born Johan Santana see Ervin Santana. "So this year, to Jimmy Rollins, we are the team to beat. "  This was a knock-off of Rollins' prediction last year, and when he arrived in camp for the start of Spring Training, the reigning MVP responded:
"There isn’t a team in the National League that’s better than us. The pressure’s back on them if you ask me. They were on paper the best team in the division last year and they were supposed to win, and they didn’t. One, there are four other teams in our division who are going to make sure that doesn't happen, and two, has anyone ever heard of plagiarism? That was pretty good, especially coming from him. He's a quiet guy, so it was probably shocking when he said it. Not shocking in a bad way, like 'Wow, I can't believe he said that. ' More like, 'Wow, he finally said something because he's a leader on that team and you definitely need to be a vocal leader. "  
Rollins opened the year strongly, batting . 308 through 12 games. However, on April 20th, Rollins was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career after spraining his left ankle while trying to avoid being picked off during a game with the Mets two weeks earlier. In Major League Baseball, the disabled list (DL is a method for teams to remove their injured players from the roster in order to summon healthy players "Mets" redirects here For the medical term see Metastasis. Rollins returned to the starting lineup May 9, 2008, against the San Francisco Giants. The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in, that currently play in the National League West Division. In the game, Rollins went 3 for 5 with a 2-run home run and an RBI double in the 7–4 Phillies win.
Rollins was named the 2007 National League Most Valuable Player and has been named to the National League All-Star team three times (2001, 2002, 2005). The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the "Midsummer Classic" is an annual Baseball game between players from the National League Rollins owns the longest hitting streak in Philadelphia Phillies history at 38 games, achieved from August 2005 to April 2006. In Baseball, a hitting streak refers to the consecutive number of official games in which a player gets at least one base hit. The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. His streak is the longest in the majors since 1987, when Paul Molitor hit safely in 39 consecutive games, and the longest in the National League since Pete Rose's 44-game streak in 1978. Paul Leo Molitor (nicknamed Molly or The Ignitor) (born August 22 1956 in Vadnais Heights Minnesota) is a former American Baseball player Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) It is currently the eighth longest streak in Major League Baseball history. Rollins donated the batting helmet he wore during the streak to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown following a request from the Hall of Fame to document the accomplishment.  He also became the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to collect at least 200 hits, 15 triples, 25 homers and 25 stolen bases in one season, and holds the record for most at-bats in a season with 716.
Rollins hosts an annual charity bowling tournament that features teammates, celebrities and musicians. The money raised is used to help benefit the Arthritis Foundation. The Arthritis Foundation is a Charitable foundation dedicated to the prevention control and cure of Arthritis and related diseases  It is held at Lucky Strike Lanes in Philadelphia. Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə
Rollins owns his own music label called "Bay Sluggas Inc (BSI). " The official website of the label is http://www.myspace.com/baysluggasinc, and their first signed group is "The League. " Rollins said that two singles were expected to be released before the CD is out in January of 2008, though these singles have failed to surface.  Jimmy has also recorded his own original hip-hop track, entitled "Wish List," which was included on Major League Baseball's charity CD, "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" 
On April 10, 2007, Rollins appeared alongside teammate Ryan Howard on The Late Show with David Letterman. The Late Show with David Letterman is an Emmy Award -winning American late-night Talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS  In addition, Rollins is a spokesperson for SPARQ Training and has been in several of their videos.  He is also a representative athlete for Nike Baseball and has his own signature glove, the "Nike Pro Gold Flash FG. "
Rollins has a "Phan Club" in Citizens Bank Park called "J-Roll's Bakery. Citizens Bank Park is a 43647-seat Baseball -only Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that opened on April 3, 2004 "
|Topps Rookie All-Star Shortstop|
|National League Stolen Base Champion|
(with Juan Pierre)
|National League Most Valuable Player|