Scott Rolen was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The former St. Louis Cardinal, on his sixth poll, received in with 76.3%, makng it by simply 5 votes – he earned simply 10.2 % on his first yr in 2018 (gamers want 75% for induction).
Rolen recorded 2,077 hits in his profession, together with 316 residence runs and 1,287 RBI in his 17-year profession. Rolen hit .281 in his profession, and is considered one of 4 third basemen with 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 residence runs, and 1,200 RBI together with Chipper Jones, Adrian Beltre, and George Brett.
Out of non-active gamers, the seven-time All-Star’s .855 OPS is the eighth-best amongst third basemen of all time – he additionally received eight Gold Glove Awards.
Rolen is also the one participant in MLB historical past to play not less than 2,000 video games and solely play third base in his total profession.
The 1997 NL Rookie of the Year received Gold Gloves in his third and fifteenth seasons, the place he acquired MVP votes in each seasons. He additionally was a fourth-place finisher for the NL MVP in 2004 when he hit .314 with a 1.007 OPS belting 34 homers and driving in 124 runs, all career-bests.
Rolen received a World Series with St. Louis in 2006 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2019.
He was with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1996 to 2002 earlier than being traded to the Cardinals that season. He remained there till 2007 and joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008. The subsequent yr, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, the place he stayed till his retirement in 2012.
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Todd Helton narrowly missed out on induction with 72.2% of the vote. He has 5 years of eligibility left, so at this level, it’s a matter of if, not when. He missed induction by 11 votes.
However, it’s the finish of the road for Jeff Kent, regardless of hitting probably the most residence runs (351) by any second baseman within the historical past of baseball. He acquired 46.5% of the vote after a 17-year profession with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Cleveland, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .290, recorded 2,461 hits, racked up an .855 OPS, drove in 1,518 runs, and received an MVP in 2000. It will now be as much as future committees to find out his destiny.
Gary Sheffield has yet another probability to get a plaque subsequent season. His numbers (509 homers, .292 common, .907 OPS) are definitely Hall of Fame worthy, however there have been questions relating to his involvement with PEDs. He acquired 55% of the vote.
In his first yr of eligibility, Carlos Beltran acquired 46.5% of the vote. He possible will make it will definitely, however his involvement with the Astros dishonest scandal of 2017 possible took away some votes and halted him from being first-ballot.
The Veterans Committee voted in Fred McGriff in December – he’ll be a part of Rolen on the induction ceremony on July 23.
Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, Matt Holliday, Adrian Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, and David Wright will all see their title on voters’ ballots subsequent yr for the primary time.