Scott Rolen, a seven-time All-Star who earned eight Gold Gloves at third base during a 17-season major league career, was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday in a vote by the Baseball Writers Association. United States Baseball.
Rolen was the only one of the 28 candidates to reach that threshold with 297 votes, which represented 76.3 percent of the electorate. He will be honored during Induction Weekend 2023 from July 21-24 in Cooperstown, NY at the July 23 Induction Ceremony on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center along with Fred McGriff, who was elected by the Players Committee. of the Contemporary Baseball Era last month in San Diego.
The 47-year-old Rolen, who was selected in his sixth year on the ballot, batted .281 with 1,287 RBIs, 1,211 runs scored and a combined .854 on-base-plus-slugging percentage with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals , the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cincinnati Reds. Among his 2,077 hits are 517 doubles, 43 triples and 316 home runs.
He was the winner of the 1997 National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, a unanimous selection, with the Phillies and a member of the Cardinals’ championship club in 2006 when he hit .421 with one home run and two RBIs in the Series World.
Second in the vote was first baseman Todd Helton, 11 votes short of the number needed to be elected, but jumping more than 20 percent from 2022 with 281 votes (72.2) in his fifth year on the ballot. The only other players to get mention on more than half of the ballots were reliever Billy Wagner at 265 (68.1) and outfielders Andruw Jones at 226 (58.1) and Gary Sheffield at 214 (55.0).
Players are elected to the Hall as long as they are named on at least 75 percent of the ballots cast by eligible voting members of the BBWAA. With 389 ballots submitted in the 2023 election, including eight blank ones, candidates needed a total of 292 votes to be elected.