Jimmy Rollins is probably the next Phillies Hall of Famer
Of the three first-ballot hopefuls, Jimmy Rollins has the best shot at Cooperstown.
The four-time Gold Glover, three-time All-Star, Silver Slugger, NL MVP and 2008 World Series champion shortstop spent 15 of his 17 MLB seasons in Philly. Between 2007-2009, he won a Gold Glove Award every year.
In his full rookie season in 2001, he finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting and appeared in his first All-Star Game.
Rollins finished his career with 231 home runs, 2,455 hits, 1,421 runs scored, 936 RBI, and 470 stolen bases.
On the Phillies all-time leaderboards, he’s sixth in WAR among position players, eight in offensive WAR, fourth in defensive WAR, first in at-bats, second in plate appearances, third in runs scored, first in hits and doubles, second in total bases, third in triples, ninth in home runs, eighth in RBI, you get the point.
Only the great Mike Schmidt played in more Phillies games, and they’re the only two players in franchise history to appear in more than 2,000 games for the club.
Outside of the Phillies, Rollins led the NL and MLb in various metrics throughout his career, including games played (once), plate appearances (three times), at-bats (four times), runs scored (once), triples (four times), and stolen base (once).
Character is something that many people don’t care to consider when it comes to the Hall of Fame, but they have a Character Clause for a reason. This is where Rollins sets himself apart from much of the competition. He won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2014, which is given to the player who:
"“best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”"
In terms of longevity, record, and character, Rollins feels like a guaranteed Hall of Famer. He goes toe-to-toe with Schmidt in many offensive categories, and Schmidt was inducted his first year on the ballot in 1995.