Jimmy Rollins, Shortstop, San Francisco Giants
Date of Birth: 11/27/1978
Birthplace: Oakland, California
Jimmy Rollins, shortstop for the San Francisco Giants, comes from a family of athletes, including a brother who played baseball in the minor leagues. Rollins also played in the minors after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996. He made his first appearance with the Phillies in 2000, playing in just 14 games with them that year. In 2001, Rollins had a strong rookie year, batting .274 with 180 hits, 29 doubles, 12 triples, 14 home runs, and 46 stolen bases.
In 2007, Rollins won his first of four Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger award, and the National League MVP award. Known for his outstanding fielding, Rollins also won Gold Glove awards in 2008, 2009, and 2012.
Rollins is also known for his speed on the bases and he has had 20 or more stolen bases in 13 out of 16 seasons, with a season high of 47 in 2008. Other statistics for Rollins from 2000 through 2015 include:
- 12 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 196 in 2005
- 10 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 45 in 2006
- 5 seasons with over 10 triples, with a high of 20 in 2007
- 4 seasons with over 20 home runs, with a high of 30 in 2007
Rollins played in 138 games in 2014. He finished the season with 131 hits, 22 doubles, 17 home runs, 28 stolen bases, and a .243 batting average.
Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 19, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with 116 hits, 24 doubles, 41 RBIs, and a .224 batting average in 144 games. As a shortstop in 134 games, he made 351 assists, 65 double plays, 166 putouts, and 9 errors. He batted .143 with 1 hit in 7 at-bats in 4 postseason games.
Rollins signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on February 22, 2016. The White Sox designated him for assignment on June 10, 2016 after 41 games. During his time with the White Sox, he batted just .221 with 33 hits.
Rollins signed a minor league contract with the Giants on January 8, 2017. He was released almost three months later, on March 31st. He didn't play professional baseball in 2017.
Career batting statistics for Rollins through 2016 include:
- 2,275 games played
- 2,455 hits
- 511 doubles
- 115 triples
- 231 home runs
- 470 stolen bases
- 936 RBIs
- 1,264 strikeouts to 813 walks
- .264 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Rollins at shortstop through 2016 include:
- 2,227 games played
- 6,139 assists
- 1,249 double plays
- 2,982 putouts
- 154 errors
- .983 fielding percentage
Rollins and his wife established The Johari & Jimmy Rollins Center for Animal Rehabilitation in New Jersey. The center is now part of the Saint Francis Veterinary Center. Information on the center is available at saintfrancis.org/rollinscenter.
Rollins has participated in annual charity bowling tournaments to aid the Arthritis Foundation.
Rollins married his wife Johari on January 23, 2010. They have two daughters.