The Phillies are hosting the New York Yankees at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater on Thursday and Jimmy Rollins will not be getting the start. It will be the third straight game Rollins will not start despite being healthy.
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 told CSN Philly, "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."
Now here is where it gets particularly interesting.
Sandberg was asked a follow-up question about what he would say about Rollins' influence to which he responded with "no comment."
I'm not surprised that this is how Rollins is viewed but I am surprised that Sandberg was so obvious to the media of his thoughts on the former-NL MVP. Rollins has a bit of a history of not always hustling dating back to the Charlie Manuel days in Philadelphia. He has been a bit of a lightning rod, along with Ryan Howard, over the last two seasons of sub-par baseball.
If Sandberg is trying to send a message to Rollins and his team, it is coming across loud and clear (at least to me it is loud and clear). The new Phillies manager pushed up the arrival time at the ballpark last summer when he took over for Manuel so the players could practice their fundamentals. At the professional level, I could see some players taking issue with that but when you're not winning games, you don't have a leg to stand on when arguing against the new policy.
Maybe Rollins feels belittled or disrespected by Sandberg. I have no idea, I'm speculating. Whatever it is, Rollins should probably get over it because Sandberg knows what he is doing. He was voted into the Hall of Fame after all.
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