Jimmy Rollins Hints at Possible Retirement with Phillies

Aug 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) acknowledges the crowd before his at bat during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) acknowledges the crowd before his at bat during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Rollins left the Phillies in December 2014 and hasn’t played in almost a year

The state of Jimmy Rollins’ major league career has been a major question in recent years. After being traded to the Dodgers prior to the 2015 season Rollins made a handful of appearances for Los Angeles and the White Sox over two years.

San Francisco gave Rollins a look in spring training but the 38-year-old failed to make the team out of camp.

Now a cryptic post on Instagram has Phillies fans wondering if their all-time hits leader is signing the final contract of his major league career.

Rollins shared that he was back in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, stemming fans to question whether or not he was returning. A return by Rollins to Philadelphia would not be as a player, but a legend preparing to sign a ceremonial contract to retire.

"jrollins11Don’t call it a comeback,I’ve been here for years!#cityofbrotherlylove🔔"

While the caption written by Rollins comes from the lyrics of LL Cool J it begs the question as to whether or not Rollins “comeback” is a one-day contract.

It would be fitting for Rollins, whose career appears to be over, to retire with the Phillies after spending 15 of his 17 seasons in red pinstripes. Coincidentally, one of the players the Phillies acquired in the Rollins trade, Zach Eflin, is scheduled to start on Sunday.

Rollins surpassed Mike Schmidt as the club’s all-time hits leader with 2,306; a record unlikely to be broken.

His Hall of Fame caliber career culminates with 2,275 games, 2,455 hits, 231 home runs, 936 RBI’s, and 470 stolen bases. An MVP, four Gold Gloves, and a World Series ring are just icing on the cake for J-Roll.

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The Phillies have a homestand stretching through Thursday, the 27th, with the Marlins and Braves in town. Thursday is an early afternoon game with the NFL Draft kicking off on the Ben Franklin Parkway down the street.

Perhaps Rollins will be available to announce of the Eagles draft picks next weekend.

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