Rollins, not Will Smith, is Legend

By jason keen
Updated: December 3, 2008

You ask any Phills fan who won the ’07 NL MVP and we all would have given the same hands-down answer the second the on-field celebration started when the Phillies clinched their first playoff birth in 14 year…J-Roll.

Much like the Phills playoff chase, the NL MVP race was a close one. Winning by only 17 points, Rollins and the Phillies were finally victorious against Matt Holiday and the season ending Colorado Rockies. Rollins became one of only a (“Three Finger” Brown) handful of players in major league history to achieve 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs, and steal 20 bases in the same season.

Rollins finished the season leading the National League in Runs (139), Triples (20), and At Bats (716), finishing second in hits (212) and Extra Base Hits (88), and finishing fifth in Steals (41). Throw in a Gold Glove at arguably the most difficult position in the game and 30-30 honors and you have your ’07 NL MVP.

Rollins and Howard became the 11th pair of teammates to with the NL MVP and the first to do so since Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds with the Giants in 2000 and 2001. With Chase Utley being one of the favorites to win the award in 2008, the trio would become the only three teammates to consecutively achieve the honor since the National League expanded past 8 teams. Two other trios achieve this honor, the most recent being Mort Cooper, Stan Musial and Marty Marion for the St Louis Cardinals from 1942-1944. The only other NL teammates to win three consecutive NL MVP awards were Cincinnati’s Ernie Lombardi, Bucky Walters and Frank McCormick from 1938-1940.

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