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Rollins: Win before Phillies 'blow it up'
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The proverbial window of this Phillies run is not far from closing.

And their leader, who has been through it all, is clearly aware of that.

Per MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, Jimmy Rollins on Wednesday afternoon said, "We've just got to make sure we do what we need to do before they blow it up."

Translation: The Phillies must win -- and win soon -- before the front office decides it's time to rebuild.

The Phillies' shortstop for the last 14 seasons has helped kickstart one of the greatest eras in the organization's history. That era has consisted of the club's first World Series in 28 years, two consecutive National League pennants, five straight division titles and a team-record 102-win season.

But last season, the injury-plagued Phillies went 81-81, missed the postseason and saw their NL East reign come to a halt as the youthful, up-and-coming Nationals snatched away the division crown.

Over this period, the Phillies have become baseball's fourth-oldest team out of 30 clubs with an average age of 29.8. They've kept the veteran core of Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels in tact, while adding different pieces around them -- year in and year out -- in hopes of returning to the Fall Classic.

In 2013, the Phillies have gotten out to a 19-22 start but remain 3 1/2 games behind the division-leading Braves and 2 1/2 behind the defending NL East champion Nationals.

On Thursday's edition of Comcast SportsNet's "Philly Sports Talk," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was told what Rollins had said and responded by saying, "I don't think that blowing it up is going to be a solution for us because we expect to be contending pretty much every year, and that's my job -- is to make sure that we're contending every year."

When asked if the trade deadline was next week, would the Phillies be a buyer, Amaro enthusiastically answered: "We're buying, baby."

Rollins said all the Phillies can do now is focus on constructing another run.

Under Charlie Manuel, the Phillies have always been a second-half team. Last season, when Utley and Howard returned for a full second half, the Phillies went 44-31.

As the story points out, over the last eight seasons, the Phillies have posted a .610 winning percentage after the All-Star break, second-best in baseball.

"We're not going to panic," Rollins told Zolecki. "That word isn't going to get into this clubhouse."