In light of their month-long slide, the White Sox continued to make some serious roster moves on Friday, promoting top prospect Tim Anderson and designating veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment.

Rollins doesn't want to retire, but what if he's forced to do so? It's entirely possible. If that does happen, one of the most fun and important discussions -- for our baseball purposes, of course -- is whether or not he should be a Hall of Famer.

So here's what I'm going to do. I will pretend that I'm a high school student and I've been given the assignment of presenting an argument in favor of Rollins being a Hall of Famer. This means I won't necessarily agree with everything I'm saying, but I'm writing a persuasive paper as an advocate of Rollins. I'm sure this will anger no one. Onward.

The counting numbers measure up pretty well for Rollins. He has 2,455 hits, which includes 511 doubles (53rd all-time), 115 triples and 231 home runs. He ranks 103rd in career total bases and 83rd in extra base hits. He's also stolen 470 bases, good for 46th in MLB history. His 1,421 runs are good for 86th and 936 RBI from pretty much always being in a table-setting position is pretty solid as well.

Let's keep in mind here that Rollins is a shortstop, which has traditionally been a defensively-oriented position.

I bring this up because here are Rollins' ranks among shortstops:

Runs: 10th
Hits: 14th
Doubles: 7th
Triples: 12th
Home runs: 9th
RBI: 23rd
SB: 11th

He's fourth in total bases behind Cal Ripken, Derek Jeter, Robin Yount and Honus Wagner. Only Ripken, Yount and Jeter have more extra-base hits. Only 12 shortstops have ever been on base more often than Rollins (3,413 times).

Those worried about "compiling," a term used negatively which truly shouldn't be, Rollins' .264/.324/.418 line might give pause, but let's keep in mind that he was carrying a .272/.329/.432 line through his prime. Again, given the historical parameters of offensive performances from shortstops, this is more than enough to justify a Hall of Fame hitter.

As can be seen, Rollins is one of the most offensively prolific shortstops in MLB history. It's more than that, too. He has four Gold Gloves and four seasons of at least 10 Defensive Runs Saved.

Rollins will long be remembered fondly in Philly. USATSI

Let's hit on three other points many people use when discussing Hall of Famers ...

Was he a league leader? He was. Rollins led the league in triples four times, steals once and runs once.

Does Rollins have any MVPs? He does! He won in 2007 when he hit .296/.344/.531 with 212 hits, 38 doubles, 20 triples, 30 homers, 94 RBI, 139(!) runs and 41 steals. Holy hell what a stat-stuffing year.

How did Rollins' teams fare? Overly well. Rollins was one of the core members of a team that won five consecutive NL East titles. They also won two straight pennants and one World Series.

In fact, this particular Phillies team was so good that it must have at least one Hall of Famer. It was the best half-decade in franchise history and that's a long history. That means it comes down to Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins. Or maybe both? Let's not job these guys the way the '80s Tigers double-play combo of Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell have been jobbed.

A common misconception in Hall of Fame discussions is that it only includes the absolute, upper-tier elite. Some people wish that's what the Hall of Fame was, but that reality has long since departed. If the Hall only included shortstops like Ernie Banks and Honus Wagner, this argument would stand up.

But it also includes Bobby Wallace and Joe Sewell and Travis Jackson. Rollins pretty clearly had a better career than Phil Rizzuto and Rabbit Maranville. So don't be that person who says something like "when you hear a name, you should just know" whether he's a Hall of Famer or not. Because there is zero chance the person making that argument hears Dave Bancroft and reacts with a knee-jerk "HALL OF FAMER."

Rollins measures up to the likes of Sewell, Bancroft, Jackson, Rizzuto and Maranville well on many fronts. Thus, he's surpassed the baseline of what it means to be a Hall of Fame shortstop.


So how did I do? Are you convinced that Rollins is a Hall of Famer?

Maybe his resume isn't complete. In fact, I'd guess he catches on with someone despite having hit .221/.295/.329 with the White Sox.

If this is the end, however, this is a great career for Rollins. One that's worthy of discussion for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.