Rollins Is Getting Ready for 2011
“I’m working on my six pack,” he said, looking into a flip cam. “You can get yours at phillies.com.”
The sales pitch worked in more ways than one. Phillies fans also are curious about Rollins’ health following a disappointing 2010. He played just 87 games because of hamstring and calf injuries and when he played he struggled. He hit .243 with eight home runs, 41 RBIs and a .694 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, which was his lowest OPS since 2002 (.686). Rollins, who is entering the final year of a six-year, $46.5 million contract, is confident he will bounce back.
“If I’m healthy,” Rollins said. “Well, I am going to be healthy, so yes. All I have to do is stay healthy. I’ll produce.”
Why is he so confident?
“Because I believe in me,” he said. “If I don’t believe in me, I might as well quit.”
Rollins is making some changes to stay healthy in 2011, which he said late in the season would be essential. He said there is a chance he might work out with teammate Ryan Howard in Florida in January. But if their paths do not cross he said he still plans to work out at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., where numerous Phillies and other athletes work out before Spring Training.
“It’s just something to do instead of being bored, going to the ballpark every single day,” he said.
But he also is doing things differently in Philadelphia. His wife Johari owns the fitness studio Balance in Chestnut Hill, so she knows personal fitness.
“That’s my yoga instructor,” Rollins said about his wife.
Rollins had never tried yoga in the past. He joked he never uttered the word until this offseason, but he is finding it useful.
“Stretching is boring, but if you’re doing yoga it doesn’t seem like you’re just sitting there stretching,” Rollnis said. “Plus, just working with the trainers, I need to be doing more active stretching. Yoga is a form of active stretching as opposed to just sitting there, leg up, leg down. That’s the way for me.”
A big bounce back season will put Rollins in a good place, considering it is a contract year. He has said he would like to remain in Philadelphia, but he also understands his desires only go so far. He only needs to look a couple hours north to see the Yankees playing hard ball in contract negotiations with Derek Jeter to understand that.
“It’s business,” Rollins said. “That’s the usual, we’ve got to make the player look bad and greedy so the fans are on our side. The player is going to say, ‘How are you going to do that to me?’ But his point never gets across. But it is what it is. At the end they’re going to shake your hand and say thank you for your contribution. Even though we’ve sold more of your jerseys than anybody in America it’s all you’re going to get.”
Rollins has been in the organization since the Phillies drafted him in the second round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft. He has been in the big leagues since 2000. In many ways, he has been the face of the franchise, which is just one reason why he has a strong relationship with Phillies ownership.
But relationships only go so far in baseball. Rollins needs to produce. He sounds confident he will.
Got a video from Chad Durbin‘s Showcase U of 61 student-athletes giving Brad Lidge props for supporting their recruitment combine in Denver earlier this year.
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