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.