Larry Bowa may indeed be the greatest defensive shortstop to ever play for the Philadelphia Phillies, but Jimmy Rollins is (was?) the complete package offensively and defensively and that's why he is No. 1. Rollins has been an everyday player for the Phillies since 2001, and he has compiled a line of .272/.329/.431 over that time.
Rollins has hit 388 doubles, 100 triples, 168 HR, knocked in 722 RBI and swiped 371 bags. Rollins will certainly be a Wall-of-Fame inductee down the road but will this be the last season for J-Roll in Phillies pinstripes?
Rollins won the Gold Glove each year from 2007-2009 and there is a good chance that he could win it again in 2011. He has one of the best arms in baseball and he still has the quickness to make the seemingly impossible play possible.
Rollins has been a staple in the Phillies lineup as their lead-off hitter during their greatest era in team history. He may not be a prototypical lead-off guy, but Phillies Nation knows that when Rollins is getting on base and scoring runs there is a great chance the Phillies will win.
Rollins is the one guy on the Phillies that will talk some smack and he certainly can back it up. Rollins brings the swagger for this team and he backed up his bold statement back in 2007 of being the, "Team to beat" by winning the NL MVP.
Rollins became the first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs, 30 doubles, 30 steals and 20 triples in the same season. That'll do Jimmy, that'll do.