And for once it wasn’t me!
Check out the lede to the OC Register’s story about Jimmy Rollins returning to Philly:
PHILADELPHIA – Notorious for their ill manners, Philadelphia fans greeted Jimmy Rollins with cheers in his first visit to Citizens Bank Park as the enemy.
In other news, some Dodgers fans nearly killed a guy outside their stadium a few years ago. Which is to say that there are ill-mannered folks everywhere.
In other Rollins-comes-home news, he spoke with Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com and talked about the state of the Phillies. Rollins talked at length about Ryne Sandberg and how his biggest issue was that he was not a good manager of people. He said he spoke to Ruben Amaro about that after the season but that nothing appeared to change in Philly this year.
Interesting stuff. Especially in a day and age when managers seem to be way less tasked with Xs and Os than they are with being good people managers.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.