Mar 1, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) at bat during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Larry Bowa calls out Jimmy Rollins

When you think of the Philadelphia Phillies, you think of Jimmy Rollins (and likely Chase Utley).

Bench coach Larry Bowa knows this and wants Rollins to be the veteran leader he says he is, despite the fact that Rollins doesn’t always behave the way a leader should.

Rollins is in the twilight of his career and has been known to take a play or two off from time to time, something that Bowa isn’t a big fan of, recently calling out the veteran’s lazy ways.

“You can’t be a leader verbally and then go out and not run out balls,” Bowa says. “You can’t do that. I don’t care if you’re 0-for-16 or 14-for-16. … People watch him. Cody Asche watches him run. And he watches Chase Utley run. Now, this is my own opinion, but I think the difference between those two guys is, Chase Utley does it every single at-bat. And I want Jimmy to do that.”

Reading the rest of the ESPN piece, it’s clear Bowa is trying to motivate Rollins with tough love – though it remains to be seen how Rollins will respond.

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