James Calvin "Jimmy" Rollins (born November 27, 1978), nicknamed "J-Roll", is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000 and played with the team until 2014, becoming the team's all-time hits leader, and earning a reputation as an excellent defensive shortstop.
After growing up in Alameda, California, and attending Encinal High School, Rollins was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft, spending most of five seasons with Phillies minor league teams before earning a promotion to the MLB team. In July 2001, Rollins became the Phillies' leadoff hitter and remained in that role for almost ten years. He made several All-Star Game appearances early in his career.
While a member of the Phillies, Rollins compiled a 38-game hitting streak, which spanned the end of the 2005 season and the start of the 2006 season, and was the longest in team history. Rollins was named the National League Most Valuable Player in 2007, as the Phillies won their division for the first of five consecutive seasons. He was also a key component of the 2008 World Series champion team. His success continued as did the Phillies' until 2012, when some commentators argue his career performance began its decline. He became the Phillies' all-time leader in hits in 2014, but was traded to the Dodgers after the season. Rollins is married and has two children. He resides in Woolwich Township, New Jersey during the offseason.
By Dean Hanley
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