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During the first half (or what we hope will have been the first half) of his career, Jimmy Rollins was a day-in and day-out player. J-Roll led the NL in at-bats four times in 10 years, and led the league in plate appearances three times.
And here is an interesting statistic: Jimmy is one of only nine players all time to collect 700 plate appearances in seven or more seasons, a list that is made up of Pete Rose, Cal Ripken Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, Craig Biggio, Richie Ashburn, Lou Brock and Doc Cramer.
Over the last few years, though, Jimmy has been spotty. After his historic 2007 season, Rollins missed 25 games due to injury in 2008. In 2009, he was back atop the NL in plate appearances and at-bats, but really did not get going until the second half of the season.
In 2010, Rollins was injured again, but this time for almost half the season, and never really put it all together.
Now, in 2011, though, we are finally seeing the Jimmy Rollins we know and love once again. Rollins is back amongst the leaders in plate appearances and at-bats, and he is leading the Phillies in hits and runs scored.
Rollins is also posting his best batting average and on-base percentage since 2008, and he has an OPS above the league average for the first time since that season.
And oh, by the way, he is playing fabulous defense at short once again.