Jimmy Rollins talks about Hall of Fame candidacy

Jimmy Rollins remembers visiting Oakland Athletics contests as a child, sitting on the first-base line with his father and witnessing the sheer size of "Big Mark" Mark McGwire, former baseman of Oakland Athletics,

Rollins recalled thinking, "Is that how big you've got to be to hit a home run in the big leagues?".

He never grew to 6-5 or emerged the standard physically striking slugger, but he grew into a talented and skill set with a mindset that made him one of the Sport's best players during his playing days, and was made a subject of odds at site.

And now, close to 15 years after winning NL MVP, Rollings is part of the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the very first time alongside Ryan Howard.

Rollins joked to Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic Tuesday, "It means we both were sent home at the same time."

"It's definitely cool. We haven't talked or texted about it much, but when I saw those images up there, I was like, wow. That was a pretty special time that we got to spend together in Philadelphia."

Rollins' 2007 campaign was historic. Rollins had over 20 doubles, 20 homers, 20 stolen bases, and 20 triples, a feat that occurred three other times in the history of the Sport, by Curtis Granderson in the same year, Frank Schulte in 1911, and Willie Mays in 1957.

Rollins’ 778 plate caps that year are still the major-league key record.

His 20 triples and 139 runs scored that year are still the most by any NL player ever since.

Rollins’ 88 extra-base hits that year are fourth-most in the league in the past 15 years, only behind Nolan Arenado, Matt Holliday, and Albert Pujols.

But, really, a season doesn't get you in. Did he have a long enough peak career?

Rollins said, "MLB's eyes were on us for a number of years there. You knew who you had to deal with, but numbers, I'm not certain. Honestly, I don't know where they stand and compare to where others were, but what I do know is that I helped turn that organization into one that other teams around the league had to live up to," Rollins said. "We had a good team, I said a couple of magic words, put pressure on us, and all of us lived up to the hype and brought a championship home."

Those magic words were "team to beat," the phrase spoken by him ahead of the 2007 campaign. Six months after, they chased down New York Mets, who were being backed by best nz online casinos, after trailing by seven games with 17 left to play. They won the World Series one year later, and a year after that we're right back in the Fall Classic.

Rollins disclosed, "I'm not going to aspire to be average. I wanted, at the end of the day, to be compared to the best, as of now, I'm on the ballot, so hopefully, it all works out. But I achieved that dream of comparing myself to the best."