James Calvin "Jimmy" Rollins (born November 27, 1978 in Oakland, California), nicknamed "J-Roll," is an All-Star and MVP shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.
Though Rollins has developed into a five-tool player during his career due to significant increases in his power hitting, he is perhaps best known for his baserunning skills. He has stolen at least 20 bases every season since 2001, with a career high of 47 in 2008. This emulates Rollins' childhood baseball hero, Rickey Henderson.
Rollins comes from an athletic family, as his brother, Antwon, formerly played with minor league affiliates of the Texas Rangers and the Montreal Expos. His sister, Shay Rollins, is a starter on the University of San Francisco's women's basketball team, and Rollins is the cousin of former MLB player Tony Tarasco.
Rollins also attended the same high school (Encinal High School) as Detroit Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis.
Rollins is a resident of Woolwich Township, New Jersey.
After being drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1996 draft, Rollins was assigned to the rookie-league Martinsville Phillies. He led the team in walks, batting only .238, but stealing 20
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