Jimmy Rollins says one Phillies owner wants to be “Steinbrenner South”


No, in a good way!

In an exclusive sit-down interview with CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury, Jimmy Rollins notes that one of the members of he Phillies’ ownership group — a group that resembles the Giants’ multi-shareholder group more than the family-owned teams in the game — is champing at the bit to turn the Phillies into the New York Yankees if given the chance.

The minority owner: John S. Middleton, a cigar magnate, who has some big ideas:

Whether Middleton will actually be given the reins remains to be seen, but does one of the most visible faces in the franchise’s history think he should get the chance?

“I think he should. Yeah,” Rollins said.

Salisbury goes on to ask what Middleton is like, suggesting a George Steinbrenner of the South type of figure who is willing to go to whatever lengths possible to put a winner on the field.

“That’s his ambition, to be Steinbrenner South,” Rollins said.

Could be cool. Though, man, it would be odd if a headstrong and outspoken person took over the Phillies and made them a team a lot of people didn’t like and folks began to talk smack about them.


Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.