Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was asked about Freddy Galvis on Wednesday and Sandberg's continued use of the 24-year-old infielder over Rollins. Sandberg said, "He’s [Galvis] 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 a follow-up question about what he would say about Rollins' influence to which he responded with "no comment."
Well today Rollins was asked about Sandberg's response to Rollins' energy and influence. Rollins told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com "everyone can have an opinion but it doesn't make it right."
Clearly Rollins disagrees.
It was noted yesterday but should be noted again that Sandberg brings a new look and new intensity to the Phillies. He is focusing on fundamentals while often practicing simple drills hard. Maybe Rollins feels disrespected as a veteran being belittled to practicing these seemingly mindless plays.
I have no idea, it's just speculation.
However, if Rollins feels disrespected by having to do these drills, with all of the veterans the Phillies have, he might not be alone.
That being said, when you're coming off of a 73-win season you have no room to argue against doing any drill that will help you win games.
It will be interesting to see the dynamic play out over the course of the season between Sandberg and his players, particularly Rollins. No one knows for sure what has sparked this little disagreement but it is safe to assume these two are not seeing eye-to-eye at the moment based on their public comments.
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