Among the new faces with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jimmy Rollins’ success figures to play a key role in the club’s fortunes this season.
Rollins joins the Dodgers after spending all 15 years of his Major-League career with the Philadelphia Phillies. During his time with the Phillies, Rollins was very much the heartbeat of their franchise and was instrumental in ending their 28-year World Series drought by spearheading a team that won the title in 2008.
Now at 35 years old, he faces a similar challenge with the Dodgers, who haven’t won a World Series or reached the Fall Classic since 1988. Rollins hasn’t shied away from becoming a leader on his new team and manager Don Mattingly placed additional responsibility on the shortstop’s shoulders when he named him the leadoff hitter.
Rollins was in the lineup Saturday when the Dodgers and Cleveland Indians met for the second time this spring. Rollins stepped to the plate in the fourth inning with two outs and with Chris Heisey standing on first base.
The veteran shortstop extended the Dodgers’ lead with an RBI double, which was his third extra-base hit and first RBI through seven Cactus League games.