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Is there a spot at Cooperstown for Rollins and the 2008 Phillies? – Athleticism

“We are talking about high-profile players. … And they were a big part of baseball.

– Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Hall of Fame credentials of his 2008 World Series champions.

It’s been two weeks since I dropped off my Hall of Fame 2022 ballot at the post office. (Hey, we’re keeping the postal service running. Someone’s got to do it!) I’ll reveal next week what names were on that ballot.

But on the new edition “Starkville” of The Athletic Baseball Show, I confessed something to Charlie Manuel and my co-host, Doug Glanville: There were 30 names on that Hall ballot. And for me, the most complicated case of all did not belong to Alex Rodriguez, Curt Schilling or Manny Ramirez.

No. The guy I couldn’t help but think of was Manuel’s longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Is there a place in Cooperstown for Jimmy Rollins someday? Honestly, I don’t know the answer to this.

Is there a spot in Cooperstown for one of the 2008 Phillies – for Chase Utley, for Ryan Howard, for Cole Hamels, for a team that won a World Series and then fielded even better teams over the course of the three years that followed? Honestly, I don’t know the answer either.

But these are questions hardly anyone else wrote, talked about or thought about in the weeks leading up to Hall of Fame Election Day on January 25. Maybe it’s because I’m a Philadelphia that I find these former Phillies so fascinating. But we’re also talking about historically significant figures on a historically significant team.