Jimmy Rollins on time with the Phillies: “We should have […] won at least three” championships

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Jimmy Rollins, never one to mince words, said in a radio interview with Philadelphia’s 94 WIP that the Phillies “should have been to the World Series four times and won at least three”. Andrew Kulp of The 700 Level transcribed the interview, providing the context:

“We should have been to the World Series four times and won at least three [of them], in my opinion,” Rollins told Ike Reese and Glen Macnow on 94WIP. “But other than that, yes. Besides not winning more championships, I couldn’t really ask for more over what’s happened thus far.”

Since winning it all in 2008, the Phillies’ trajectory has been on a continuous downward slope:

  • 2009: Lost World Series in six games to the Yankees
  • 2010: Lost NLCS in six games to the Giants
  • 2011: Lost NLDS in five games to the Cardinals
  • 2012: Finished 81-81 in third place in NL East
  • 2013: Finished 73-89 in fourth place in NL East
  • 2014: On pace for 74-88 record, last place in NL East

Rollins was asked about that in particular because now that he broke the Phillies’ all-time hits record, many are wondering if Rollins — who has been with the Phillies since he was drafted in the second round in the 1996 draft — would waive his 10-and-5 rights so the Phillies could trade him to another team and begin a rebuild. Rollins had said while he was chasing the hits record that he wasn’t considering it, but he has softened his stance since.

Rollins, 35, is having a productive season, slashing .252/.339/.394 with eight home runs, 29 RBI, and 13 stolen bases on the season.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.