PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins has never been known for being a flashy fielder, as he believes in substance over style. Off the field is another story, and the three-time All-Star will flash his on-air personality on Saturday, when he hosts an episode of "This Week in Baseball." "It's fun when I get to do them," said Rollins, who has hosted one other time, and also taught 2004 Olympic Gold Medal Softball Team pitcher Jennie Finch about his occasional "spin move" method of fielding tough grounders. "It's all about marketing. It helps put your face out there and brings you into homes of people who might not get you on their baseball package. Of course, that could help you or hurt you."
It's helped Rollins, who's among the more popular young players in baseball, including cities not called Philadelphia. Rollins also gets to display his musical talents in the "How 'Bout That" segment, presented by Gatorade, when the top plays and bloopers of the week are set to the sounds of Rollins' single, "Wish List." That song was written by Rollins and performed on the CD, "Oh Say Can You Sing." "This Week in Baseball" airs each Saturday on FOX and is repeated throughout the week on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, New England Sports Network (NESN), Comcast SportsNet West and Channel 4 San Diego. Also featured in the episode, Beyond the Fence visits with former Red Sox pitcher Charlie Wagner, a roommate and teammate of Hall of Famer Ted Williams, and in Pepsi Pitch, Hit & Run, Marlins catcher Paul Lo Duca teaches Finch how to block home plate. From The Vaults, presented by Chevrolet, recalls Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series homer that is landing him on the cover of Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions. "This Week in Baseball," in its 28th season, is the longest-running sports anthology series currently in production. Pepsi has been the presenting sponsor of "This Week in Baseball" since 2001. Rollins is the second Phillie to host the show this season, joining Jim Thome. "That's good," Rollins said. "It's time to recognize."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.