CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As he enters what could be his final season in the only organization he has ever known, Jimmy Rollins is doing what he knows best.
It's prediction time.
"We'll win 100 games," Rollins said Saturday. "I really plan on going after, what is it, Seatlle won 114 [sic] or something. ... We'll go get somewhere hopefully in that range. But that requires everybody doing their job."
So the bar has been set. It's "We're the team to beat" but with an even greater confidence. That's already understood. Now, Rollins says the Phillies are going for even higher standards.
And it's a huge year for the shortstop, who reported to camp nearly two weeks ahead of the mandatory date. Typically, Rollins is one of the last players to arrive.
After playing in just 88 regular-season games, Rollins wanted to be here early. In the off-season, he began a yoga program under the instruction of his wife, Johari, and also did long-distance running for the first time. He did five-mile runs twice a week.
"I missed a lot of time last year, so no time to take that extra time off," Rollins said.
He is a free agent at season's end, but the way Rollins sees it, if he has a good season, there will be no question what happens.
"If I have a good year, I'll probably spend the rest of my career here," Rollins said. "There's no doubt about it. If I don't, it'll be a tough decision for me."
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