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.