‘Best third baseman with offense and defense’ Rolen confirmed to be inducted into MLB Hall of Fame

January 25, 2023 0 Comments

 Scott Rolen (48), who was recognized as the best third baseman in the Major League Baseball (MLB) during his active career, was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

As a result of the voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced on the 25th (Korean time), Rolen recorded a vote rate of 76.3% (297 votes), passing the admission standard of 75%. In this Hall of Fame vote, a total of 28 candidates were nominated. Among them, Rolen is the only protagonist who received more than the entry threshold.

Rolen, who finished his playing career at the end of 2012, was nominated for the Hall of Fame in 2018, five years after his retirement, according to the rules. After only gaining 10.2% of the vote in 2018, his first challenge, Rolen raised his share of votes little by little each year. Last year, he scored 63.2% of the vote, the highest among those who were eliminated, predicting induction into the Hall of Fame. In the end, he finally tasted the joy of being promoted to the Hall of Fame this year, only after his 6th challenge.

Rolen, who made his big league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996, played 17 years for four teams: St. Louis Cardinals (2002-2007), Toronto Blue Jays (2008-2009), and Cincinnati Reds (2009-2012).

Rolen, who was unanimously named National League Rookie of the Year in 1997, posted a career batting average of .281 with 316 homers, 1287 RBIs, 2077 hits and 5172 bases. He was also excellent on defense, winning the Gold Glove eight times. He also appeared in the All-Star game seven times.

After his debut, Rolen played only as a third baseman until his retirement. He became the 18th all-time third baseman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 메이저사이트

Todd Helton, a slugger from the Colorado Rockies, recorded 72.2% of the vote in his fifth challenge, 11 votes short of the admission standard. Currently, it is likely to enter next year. On the

other hand, Jeff Kent, who played an active second baseman for the San Francisco Giants, etc., only got 46.5% of the votes in the last 10th challenge. Alex Rodriguez (35.7%) and Manny Ramirez (33.2%), who were punished for being involved in a banned substance scandal as players, recorded low voter turnout this time as well, making it difficult for them to enter the Hall of Fame.

On the other hand, Carlos Beltran, who was pointed out as the main player in the ‘sign stealing’ when the Houston Astros won their first World Series championship in 2017, drew attention by recording the highest vote rate of 46.5% among the first challengers this year.

Meanwhile, Rolen along with Fred McGriff will attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony held in Cooperstown, New York, USA in July this year. McGriff, who hit 493 home runs in his career, fell out of the baseball reporters’ vote, but was unanimously selected last month in the MLB’s ‘Modern Baseball Era Committee’ vote, which is composed of veteran players, and entered the Hall of Fame.

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