Philer Up! Rollins a Hall of Famer? Think So…

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This topic is fun. Is J-Roll a Hall of Famer? If you take a  poll it would likely be 50/50. The King of Pop-ups? First Pitch Swinging Jimmy? The guy who hasn’t hit .300 in a season?  Guess, what peeps. You can call him want ever you want; the dude at the end of his career will be a Hall of Famer.

If you thought that the topic of McNabb maybe going to the Hall Of Fame would run for days, the topic of Jimmy Rollins being a Hall of Famer might give him a run.

In Philadelphia we have a tendency of pointing out the bad things about players over the good. Yes, most fans do that in every city but some do it more than others. I will be the first to tell you, there have been times where I wanted to knock Jimmy on his ASS for swinging at the first DAMN pitch. BUT there is no doubt about it, he has been a very good player for the Phils.

Some may say that Jimmy’s isn’t a great player. That he isn’t even the best shortstop of his era. Those two statements are true. I am not going to make crap up to defend my argument. He came up in era of A-Rod, Jeter and Tejada. You can even say Nomar too. All four of them where betters hitters then Jimmy in their prime.

Nomar career was cut short because of injuries. Jeter, well he is Jeter. A-Rod just can’t stop dragging his name through the mud between steroids and PEDS. Tejada hurt his own name by his so-called involvement in steroids.

Voters may never vote A-Rod into the Hall of Fame because of it. Tejada is close, but if A-Rod is noting getting in, there is no way in hell that Tejada gets in. Jeter? I don’t even need to explain.

With all that said, Jimmy wasn’t that far behind them in hitting. The one thing Jimmy has on them is his Glove. Yes, Jeter and A-rod both have Gold Gloves but they never were as good as Jimmy with the Glove.  J-Roll has collected 4 Golden Gloves in his career. If it wasn’t for Omar Vizquel, he would likely have won one earlier in his career.

Omar (Greatest Fielding SS Ever) won in 2005 and 2006, when he came over to the NL. Jimmy won three straight after that (2007-09) and won his fourth last season. If it wasn’t for his injured plague season in 2010 (88 games played), he could have another one in his pocket as well.

Jimmy was a “Bright Lights” player. The dude came out said, “We are the team to beat” back in 2007. All he does is win a MVP that year. I will never forget his walk-off 2-run double in 2009 against the Dodgers NLCS. About a month ago, Bob Ventrone Jr.(aka BoopStats) of the Philly Daily News reported that 42.6 percent of J-Roll’s RBI’s have come with two outs. If that is not clutch, I don’t know what is.

The thing about Baseball is that they vote players in by position. For example, The NFL has total of 9 safeties in their Hall of Fame. There are 22 shortstops in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Baseball is huge on numbers as well. If a player gets to a certain number they’re considering a Hall of Famer and that is why Jimmy gets in.

Rollins has 2087 career hits as of right now. He is just 3 homers (197) away from 200. He has 814 RBI’s. He also has 437 career doubles and 106 triples. He also has 409 stolen bases and a career .270 average.  He is a former MVP, World Series Champion, Three-Time All-Star and 4 Gold Gloves.

He is 34 years-old. At the very least, he has another 3 years left in him.  Say he has three years of 150 hits. That would put him over 2,500 hits. He will obviously have over 200 bombs and 500 doubles or close to it. You can even through in 450 plus stolen bases and over 1000 RBI’s. That is impressive numbers for a SS.

Like I said before, its all about the numbers with Baseball. That’why Jimmy gets in.

Here is A-Rod, Jeter, Nomar and Tejada numbers:

A-Rod- .300, 647 homeruns, 512 doubles, 30 Triples, 1950 RBI, 318 swipes

Jeter- .313, 255 homeruns, 524 doubles, 65 Triples, 1254 RBI, 348 swipes

Tejada- .306, 306 homeruns, 464 doubles, 23 Triples,1290 RBI, 84 swipes

Nomar- .313, 229 homeruns, 370 doubles, 52 Triples, 936 RBI, 95 swipes

Rollins- .270, 197 homeruns, 437 doubles, 106 Tripes, 814 RBI, 409 swipes

Here is a list of Hall Of Fame Shortstops via baseball-almanac.com

Stats for Hall of Fame ShortstopsBOLD Indicates Statistical Leader For HOF Shortstops
Name [Link To Full Stats] AVG OBP SLG HITS HR RBI RUNS SB

Luis Aparicio (bio)

.262

.313

.343

2,677

83

791

1,335

506

Luke Appling (bio)

.310

.399

.398

2,749

45

1,116

1,319

179

Dave Bancroft

.279

.355

.358

2,004

32

591

1,048

145

Ernie Banks

.274

.333

.500

2,583

512

1,636

1,305

50

Lou Boudreau

.295

.380

.415

1,779

68

789

861

51

Joe Cronin

.301

.390

.468

2,285

170

1,424

1,233

87

George Davis

.295

.361

.405

2,660

73

1,435

1,540

615

Travis Jackson

.291

.337

.433

1,768

135

929

833

71

Hughie Jennings

.311

.390

.406

1,527

18

840

994

359

Barry Larkin .295 .371 .444 2,340 198 960 1,329 379

Rabbit Maranville

.258

.318

.340

2,605

28

884

1,255

291

Pee Wee Reese

.269

.366

.377

2,170

126

885

1,338

232

Cal Ripken, Jr.

.276

.340

.447

3,184

431

1,695

1,647

36

Phil Rizzuto

.273

.351

.355

1,588

38

563

877

149

Joe Sewell

.312

.391

.413

2,226

49

1,055

1,141

74

Ozzie Smith

.262

.337

.328

2,460

28

793

1,257

580

Joe Tinker

.262

.308

.353

1,687

31

782

774

336

Arky Vaughan

.318

.406

.453

2,103

96

926

1,173

118

Honus Wagner

.327

.391

.466

3,415

101

1,732

1,736

722

Bobby Wallace

.268

.332

.358

2,309

34

1,121

1,057

201

John Ward

.275

.314

.341

2,104

26

867

1,408

540

Robin Yount

.285

.346

.430

3,142

251

1,406

1,632

271

Name [Link To Full Stats] AVG OBP SLG HITS HR RBI RUNS SB
Stats for Hall of Fame Shortstops 
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