A true top-of-the-lineup dynamo, Rollins could do it all on a baseball field.
He retired with a batting average of .264, 2,455 hits, 231 home runs, 936 RBI, and 470 stolen bases.
He also scored an impressive 1,421 runs and hit 511 doubles and 115 triples.
Bottom line is that he has a unique statistical profile.
“Complete list of shortstops in the history of MLB with 2000 hits, 200 home runs, and 400 stolen bases: 1) Jimmy Rollins,” John Foley, who claims he is the main ambassador of Rollins’ HOF campaign, tweeted.
Complete list of shortstops in the history of MLB with 2000 hits, 200 home runs, and 400 stolen bases:
1) Jimmy Rollins pic.twitter.com/QO3qHbLqqe
— John Foley (@2008Philz) January 19, 2023
Indeed, there weren’t or aren’t many players like Rollins.
According to the last count on Thursday, Rollins’ name appeared on just 11.4% of the ballots, but he still has a long way to go when it comes to years.
He just made his debut in the ballot last year, getting 9.4% of the votes.
He could eventually get in, but it won’t happen this year or next and probably not in the one after that, either.
It should take some time.
However, he does have a solid argument to be in.
The totals are impressive, and he also has the peak and the fact he was among the very best in the 2000s.
In fact, he has something that many Hall of Famers don’t have: an MVP award, in 2007.
He is also a three-time All-Star (2001, 2002, 2005), a World Series champion (2008), a four-time Gold Glove winner (2007–2009, 2012), and took home the Silver Slugger award in 2007.
All things considered, the road will probably long, but in the end, Rollins should be able to secure his place among the immortals.
If he doesn’t via the traditional BBWAA way, his flawless character and on-field achievements could secure a later entry via one of the committees.