The major leagues were first to call. Scott Rolen was on a Sprained his ankle. It was injurious. a For predictable results a A tall and rangy Indiana high school senior: basketball. The Philadelphia Phillies didn’t mind.
“I saw all the ingredients you’d want to see,” Mike Arbuckle (ex-Phillies Scouting Director) spoke by telephone Tuesday night. This was three decades since he met Rolen. of The Baseball Hall of Fame. “The body, the athleticism, the tools — and he gave you that ‘it factor,’ that inner confidence in a young player that when you see him play, you just know that he’s not going to be afraid of failing. He gave you the feeling that he was 18 going on 35, mentally.”
Rolen turned down a scholarship at 18 years old. a Two-sport Scholarship Offer from University of Georgia to Sign with the Phillies At 35, when he joined the Cincinnati Reds, his eighth Gold Glove was awarded to him as one. of The greatest third baseman in the history of baseball.
Rolen was elected Tuesday by baseball writers to The Hall of Fame In his sixth ballot appearance. Rolen (47) will share the stage with Fred McGriff who was elected by the eras committee last December. Rolen was elected by 297 votes of 389 ballots, or 76.3 percent — candidates needed at least 75 percent (or 292 votes) to Rolen was left with five. to spare.
It is No. 5, of course, is the scorer’s designation for third base, the only position Rolen played in a 17 year career with the Phillies, St. Louis CardinalsThe Toronto Blue Jays, and the Reds. Rolen — who never even appeared as a designated hitter — becomes only the 18th Hall of Famous for his primary position at third base.
There are few Cooperstown representatives for any other job. It seemed impossible that Rolen would be able to join this group, a man who batted.281 and had 316 career homers. He made his debut on the writers’ ballot in 2018 with just 10.2 percent of support, lowest number in first year of Anybody who was elected by writers.
Rolen stated that he had all the things he needed. to Clear the threshold of 5 percent to remained on the ballot. He heard the radio and realized he’d done it while listening to the radio. a Parking lot before Finn and his son Finn a fourth-grade basketball practice.
“He was like, ‘Dad, I think you’re getting in,’ and I’m like, ‘Mmm, I don’t think so,’” Rolen claimed in a Video news conference Tuesday “It was Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman — it was a big ballot. I didn’t know a lot about the system for quite a while, and it came up at 10 percent, something like that, and I was still on. And he says to me, ‘Did we win?’ And I said, ‘Oh, we won. Yes, we won.’”
This was the first victory. of sorts, triggered a Steady rise: 17.2 Percent in 2019 to 33, 5, 2, 6, 33.2, and Finally to Tuesday’s winning figure. Todd Helton was the ex-first baseman of the Colorado Rockies and finished right behind Rolen at 72.2 percent of He won the fifth vote, being followed by Billy Wagner (closer), and Gary Sheffield (55.1).
All of These individuals will also be returning next year. a Group of 10 other holdovers that includes Carlos Beltrán (the top vote-getter among first-year candidates, at 46.5 percent). The next ballot will also include the newcomers Joe Mauer, Chase Utley and Adrián Beltré, who will likely become the next third baseman in the Hall.
Beltré is one of 11 Third basemen to Win at least 5 Gold Gloves. All except Rolen, are shorter than 6’2. Rolen stands 6’4″ and is 245 lbs, but the Scouts that recommended him are 6-foot-4. to Arbuckle — Scott Trcka, Dick Lawlor and Marti Wolever — accurately predicted that he would never outgrow the position.
“He didn’t look like a guy who was ever going to get really heavy, or too thick through the legs to move well,” Arbuckle stated. “And his wingspan, I mean, it’s incredible for a third baseman. So you put that along with the quickness he had in his lower half, it made him one of the top two or three defenders I’ve ever seen.”
In 1993, the Phillies selected Rolen as their 46th overall selection in the 2nd round and paid $250,000. With the 46th round pick in 1993, the Phillies found another long-standing stalwart in shortstop Jimmy Rollins. This would see him join fellow homegrown players like Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Utley to make the Phillies. a powerhouse.
Rolen was unable to make it in Philadelphia because of the timing issues. to Reach a Contract extension by the Phillies. He was traded to St. Louis joined the International Organization in 2002. a This offense was also punished by Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols. Rolen was a squarely mature man and would have been an All-Star in all of them. of These are the four next seasons. a Regular in October
In 2004, Rolen hit a go-ahead homer off Houston’s Roger Clemens in Game 7 of The National League Championship Series propelling the Cardinals to The pennant. It was a success. to His last hit of The season was a success with Rolen going 0 to 15 a Boston sweeps the World Series
“In the off-season, I said, ‘I’m never going to win the World Series, because I can’t play on a better team than that, talent-wise,’” Rolen said. “That was as good a group, inside the group, as you could possibly have — and we got killed. But we came back in ’06 and it changed my mind about a lot of things. We kind of backed in and we got hot and ran the table.”
The 2006 Cardinals The fewest wins were 83 a Full regular season (for any champion), however, beat Detroit in World Series with Rolen a team-high .421. He had to have to The Mets were defeated in the N.L.C.S. — and the shock of seeing Endy Chavez steal a In Game 7, a would-be homer should get off his bat
“I know I homered that ball and he’s not anywhere near it,” Rolen said. “So to see him flying from nowhere and making that catch when I know that I’ve hit the ball over the fence — and on top of that doubling up Edmonds — it was unbelievable.”
It was Tuesday and there wasn’t a leaping outfielder to pull back Rolen’s accomplishment. Rolen cleared the barrier again. to Baseball immortality.