7 Jimmy Rollins vs 10 Curt Schilling
Jimmy Rollins and Curt Schilling just missed being teammates in 2000 when the Phillies won just 65 games under Terry Francona in his final season in Philadelphia. Schilling was traded on July 26, 2000, to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee, and Vicente Padilla.
Rollins would make his major league debut on Sept. 17, 2000, going 2-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and a stolen base.
Fast-forward 14 years and Rollins is the all-time hits leader in Phillies history and the only post-Deadball Era player in Phillies history with 2,000 hits and 400 stolen bases. Rollins and Mike Schmidt are the only players in Phillies history with 200 home runs and 400 doubles.
Rollins rates in the top-10 in 26 career categories in Phillies history, including hits, doubles, home runs, WAR, games, played, at-bats, stolen bases and RBI.
Schilling would go on to win three World Series and finish second in the Cy Young three times. He wasn’t necessarily “homegrown” after starting his career in Baltimore and Houston, but Philadelphia is where he grew a reputation for being an All-Star pitcher.
Schilling ranks fourth in strikeouts per nine innings, fifth in pitching wins above replacement, strikeouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio, seventh in wins, starts, and WHIP among all Phillies pitchers.
Unfortunately, Schilling was never the Hall of Fame-caliber player he turned out to be while he was with the Phillies. When he does get into the Hall of Fame, it’ll be interesting to see if he goes in with a Phillies, Red Sox, or Diamondbacks hat. He did win two championships with Boston and grew his postseason legacy there.