A few minutes ago I saw a note concerning Jimmy Rollins not being on the Phillies’ lineup for the 3rd straight day.
3 days without Jimmy Rollins in the Phillies’ lineup. That’s right, no Jimmy Rollins.
It’s been well covered over the past few days that when Phillies’ Manager Ryne Sandberg was asked why, he replied simply, “No Comment.” No comments can speak volumes and we are left to our own imaginations to figure it out.
As an IronPig fan who observed Sandberg as the Pig’s manager for two years, let me translate.
- Sandberg is not going to publically humiliate a ball player or air dirty laundry. He’s got class.
- Rollins has a history of not hustling when things aren’t going great. He’s been benched by Charlie Manuel as well.
- Rollins is 35 years old. He hasn’t been an All Star since 2005 and is 6 years removed from being the National League MVP in 2007.
- Sandberg is going to play the players who want to be there and work hard to get/stay there. He doesn’t apply legacy rules or make decisions based on reputation or past performance. It’s about what you can do not what you have done.
- Sandberg can envision the future, not just today. Freddy Galvis may not be well seasoned, but as in anything, if he doesn’t get daily playing time he will be left in the fridge for weeks to stay cold and grow mold.
- I’ve seen Galvis play here in the Lehigh Valley. He’s good. He’s real good.
- Sandberg will stand up to any player, any attitude, any big name. All he has to do is ask, “Can you show me your plaque in Cooperstown?” I doubt he would ask that, but in the back of every players mind is.. “This guy is in the Hall of Fame.. how can I question him?”
- Sandberg will play aggressively. If you’re sitting back waiting for something to happen he’ll replace you with someone who will go out and make something happen.
That folks, is what we call the “Sandberg Effect.”
There’s a term to describe this… it’s called a Force Multiplier.
Force Multiplier – A capability that, when added to and employed by a team, significantly increases the potential of that team and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment.
Ryne Sandberg is a Force Multiplier.
I like Jimmy Rollins. He was an MVP. He helped win the World Series in 2008. He was one of three Phillies who were willing to sign autographs for fans at the Phillies vs. IronPig’s exhibition game in 2008 AND stayed for almost 20 minutes to make sure he got to all the kids. I have lost some of my hustle over the years and it’s beginning to look like Rollins has as well. Hopefully all of this turns into motivation for him to achieve, rather than sit back and wonder “what if?”