Jimmy Rollins hoped to hit the reset button and start fresh last night at Citizens Bank Park.
He might have found it.
Rollins entered the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting just .087 (4 for 46) with three runs scored and one RBI in 11 games since Aug. 12. But he went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBIs in the Phillies' 5-0 win over the Dodgers. He also scored a run and was hit by a pitch.
Rollins said before the game that he hadn't recalled a late-season swoon like that since 2002, when he was hitting .284 in 66 games through June 18 and hit just .214 in 88 games the rest of the way.
"My body is leading the swing," he said. "Your hands are supposed to lead the swing and your body stays behind the ball."
So what's the solution?
"Stop hitting," he said.
He was serious about that. Rollins made a change yesterday and didn't pick up a bat before the game.
No work in the cage.
No hitting on the field.
Looks like it worked for one night, anyway.
"You reset and let yourself forget how you even do it," Rollins said before the game. "Then you find good habits. I've been here before. It's been a long time, though. So today I took a step back to forget."
Rollins said he wasn't pressing to that point. And it's purely coincidental that the 11-game slump coincided with his "front-runners" comments.
"I don't press," he said. "Pressing takes up too much energy. There's too much energy being stressed or upset or whatever."
Vernon, Magee to the hall? The Baseball Hall of Fame listed 10 players, whose careers started in 1942 or earlier, that the Veterans Committee could elect into the Hall of Fame in December.
The list of nominees includes Marcus Hook native Mickey Vernon, who played 20 seasons in the majors. He won batting titles for the Washington Senators in 1946 and 1953. The Villanova product had 2,495 career hits and made seven all-star teams.
The list also includes Sherry Magee, who played left field for the Phillies from 1904 to 1914 and led the National League in RBIs in 1907, '10, '14 and '18 (the last with the Cincinnati Reds).
Bucky Walters was also one of the nominees. He was born in Philadelphia, went to Germantown High and played for the Phillies teams in the 1930s.
Any candidate who receives 75 percent of the vote from the 12-member committee will earn election and be part of the 2009 induction ceremonies next summer.
Arizona Fall League. The Phillies will send eight players to the Arizona Fall League to play for the Mesa Solar Sox: righthanders Joe Bisenius, Andrew Carpenter and Pat Overholt; lefthander Sergio Escalona; catcher Lou Marson; infielder Jason Donald; and outfielders Quintin Berry and Jeremy Slayden.
Sunday flashback. Just about every time Charlie Manuel is asked about Pedro Feliz, he mentions that he thinks Feliz could be a much better hitter than he has been. But he also mentions that Feliz has had a knack for clutch hits.
Feliz delivered one in Sunday's 5-2 victory in 11 innings over the Dodgers. He hit a game-tying single in the ninth inning and a game-winning three-run home run in the 11th inning to win it.
Feliz had missed time earlier this month with inflammation in his lower back. He said the celebration near home plate after the home run - teammates mobbed Feliz and smacked him around a bit - didn't bother his back.
"I tried to get out of there," he said, laughing.
He also showed his veteran presence. He flipped his helmet to the side before he reached home plate and his teammates.
"If you leave it on they're going to hit you on top of your head," he said.
It was Feliz's first walk-off home run since July 25, 2003, with the San Francisco Giants. In that game, Feliz hit a three-run home run against San Diego Padres lefthander Jay Witasick. It was so memorable that Feliz didn't even know he had experienced a walk-off homer before. "I'm good about forgetting stuff," he said.