In his third attempt, former Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins wasn’t amongst these elected to the Baseball Corridor of Fame. Nonetheless, it wasn’t solely the snub that angered one other of the franchise’s legends, however the lack of assist he obtained from voters, solely 14 %.
Shortly after it grew to become clear that Rollins wasn’t on the Corridor of Fame listing, Larry Bowa, former Phillies All-Star and Supervisor of the Yr, took voters to process on social media.
Bowa has spent greater than a half-century in baseball, taking part in alongside and training a number of Corridor of Fame gamers. So, he may need just a little perception into who’s and is not worthy. But, he may additionally be displaying bias, as a longtime Phillie himself who performed the identical place as Rollins and managed him, too.
The Corridor of Fame is an inexact science. A participant can attain parameters that make them a shoo-in, however these cases are largely fleeting, as seen by this yr’s first-ballot inductees, Joe Mauer and Adrian Beltre. Each have been nice gamers, however not many would’ve argued only some years in the past that they deserved getting in on the primary attempt.
With the Corridor seemingly evolving with the occasions, Rollins ought to have extra to indicate than 14 % of the vote, and the numbers again it up.
Over a 17-year profession, Rollins gained an MVP Award (2007) and was a Silver Slugger whereas incomes 4 Gold Gloves and three All-Star picks. Moreover, no matter place, he is one in all solely six gamers among the many high 50 in stolen bases and high 100 in extra-base hits all-time, per Stathead. The others, excluding Barry Bonds for apparent causes, are all enshrined in Cooperstown, together with Ty Cobb, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor and Honus Wagner.