We all know that Jimmy Rollins had a rough year in '09 and most of us know that a big part of his difficulties were of the BABIP variety, the .253/2nd lowest in the majors BABIP variety to be exact. But while we all know that that number is bad it's worth while to take a look at how bad it is and what it means. What would Rollins' numbers have been had he carried a .300 BABIP the whole season and still produced at the same rates for his fantasy relevant stats?
Those are pretty great numbers.
Rollins is not in decline.
He may be stubborn and thickheaded, he reportedly makes a point to try to "hit his way" out of "slumps," and certainly has no place hitting leadoff, see also "managers who trot out crummy closers in high leverage situations all year," but he won't be going in the first round next year and he's definitely going to be cheap in 2010.