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January 29, 2019

Jimmy Rollins is returning to the Phillies in a 'special adviser' role

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Jimmy Rollins is back with the Phillies. Yes, that includes Jimmy Rollins' smile.

Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies’ all-time leader in hits and doubles, is returning to the organization as a special adviser.

Rollins will have a “variety of duties” on and off the field, according to the team. A few parts of the job included in the announcement: spring training coaching; meeting with sponsors and suite holders; fan engagement; and community outreach.

The Phillies announced the move Tuesday afternoon, just over four years and one month after he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Phillies’ dismantling of the World Series era.

“It goes without saying that Jimmy was a huge part of the team’s success during the five-year run of division titles and he is one of the greatest players to wear our uniform,” Phillies Executive VP David Buck said in a release. “His acumen for both business and baseball makes this a natural fit. We are excited to have him back.”

Rollins was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft, and made his Phillies debut on Sept. 17, 2000, against the Marlins. His first career hit was a triple.

During his 15 seasons with the Phillies, Rollins slashed .267/.327/.424, racked up 2,306 hits and 479 doubles, and drove in 887 RBIs.

On top of being a member of the 2008 World Series team, Rollins was the 2007 NL MVP, a three-time All-Star, and a four-time Gold Glove winner. He was also the first player in MLB history to pile up 200 hits, 20 triples, 30 home runs, and 30 stolen bases in one season.

Rollins went on to play a year with the Dodgers in 2015, and 41 games with the Chicago White Sox in 2016. He also went to spring training with the Giants in 2017 before calling it a career.

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