Jimmy Rollins and the Best Shortstops in Philadelphia Phillies History

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Jimmy Rollins and the Best Shortstops in Philadelphia Phillies History
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Offensive production is expected from the shortstop in modern times, but back in the old days, fielding took precedence over hitting.

Yeah you had your Honus Wagner's and Ernie Banks, but it was Cal Ripken who revolutionized the position when he stormed onto the scene in 1982 when he won the Rookie of the Year and then MVP the following season.

At 6'4, you just didn't see shortstops do what Ripken was able to do.

After Ripken you've had shortstops who not only could field their position, but also did damage at the dish.

Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Derek Jeter, Troy Tulowitzki all came after Ripken. They exemplify the modern day shortstop. Each are/were not only solid in the field, but they produced at the plate. 

Essentially what I'm saying is, don't expect to see a lot of guys on this list who were adept at hitting.

Let me warn you in advance, this is an extremely thin list...

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I’m in a contest to become the next host on 97.5 The Fanatic, a Philadelphia-based sports talk station. If you could take 30 seconds and PLEASE hit the “Like” button right next to the comment button on THIS LINK I provided, (It's a rant about the Philadelphia Eagles) it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to those that helped!

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