The Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia officially came to an end Dec. 19, 2014 when the Phillies traded the veteran shortstop to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rollins was taken in the second round of the 1996 Draft by the Phillies and he went on to spend 15 seasons with the club.
During that time Rollins won an MVP Award in 2007 and ended the city’s World Series drought by helping bring a title the following season. Soon after the trade with the Dodgers was made official, Rollins placed an in the Philadelphia Inquire to thank the fans who stood by him.
The Dodgers begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday in Philadelphia, which marks Rollins’ first time playing in the city he once called home as an opponent. Former teammates Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard believe Rollins will be greeted with a warm reception and it’s believed the Phillies organization has a tribute planned.
Rollins already cleared one hurdle having faced the Phillies at Dodger Stadium earlier in the season. As for his return to Philadelphia, Rollis is treating it as another road game with his focus on winning, via J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
Rollins started all four games against the Phillies in Los Angeles, going a combined 5-for-15 with one home run, two doubles and five RBIs. The Dodgers won three of the four games. Although he’ll be walking to home plate from a dugout on the side he’s accustomed to at Citizens Bank Park over the next three games, Rollins should feel right at home once he steps in the batter’s box.
In 803 career games at the stadium, Rollins is batting .279/.343/.449. He enters the series on a bit of an upswing after a sluggish first half of the season as Rollins is hitting .333/.385/.694 with three home runs, one triple, two doubles and four RBIs over the last 14 days.
Jimmy Rollins On Playing Against Phillies