Former National League Most Valuable Player and Philadelphia Phillies all-time great Jimmy Rollins is returning to the club as a special adviser, the team announced Tuesday.
Rollins’ duties will run the gamut from coaching during spring training to meeting with sponsors and suite holders, the club said.
“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,” executive vice president David Buck said in a statement. “His acumen for both business and baseball makes this a natural fit. We are excited to have him back.”
Rollins, 40, played 15 of his 17 major league seasons with the Phillies and is the franchise’s all-time leader in hits (2,306) and doubles (479).
He earned the 2007 NL MVP, was selected to three NL All-Star teams and won four Gold Glove Awards.
Rollins’ last regular-season action came in 2016 with the Chicago White Sox, when he appeared in just 41 games before getting released in June. He signed with the San Francisco Giants as a free agent but was released at the end of spring training 2017.
He was drafted by the Phillies in the second round in 1996.
–Field Level Media