Philadelphia Phillies: Is 2011 the Most Important Year in Jimmy Rollins' Career?

William ZeltmanContributor IJanuary 30, 2011

Jimmy Rollins will have a defining year in 2011.
Jimmy Rollins will have a defining year in 2011.Harry How/Getty Images

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is at a crossroads in his career.

How J-Roll performs in 2011 will not only determine who he will play for in 2011, but could also define the rest of his career. 

Rollins has had a rash of misfortune since winning the MVP award in 2007. Despite helping to lead his team to a world championship in 2008, a pennant in 2009 and a division title in 2010, Rollins has been plagued with injuries and inconsistent offensive production.

In 2008, he played in only 137 games after suffering an ankle sprain early in the season. In 2009, Jimmy played in 155 games, but hit only .250 with a .296 OBP. In 2010, he had an even worse fate, as he played in only 88 games and hit only .2 ... read more.