Scott Rollin was recruited into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday.
Previous St. Louis CardinalOn his sixth ballot, he received 76.3%, which puts him at just five votes — he only got 10.2% in his first year in 2018 (players need 75% to induct).
Rolen had 2,077 hits in his career, along with 316 home runs and 1,287 RBI in his 17-year career. 281 in his career, he is one of four third basemen with 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs, and 1,200 RBI along with Chipper Jones, Adrian Belter, and George Brett.
Among inactive players, the All-Star’s .855 OPS seven times is the eighth best among third basemen of all time—and he’s also won eight Gold Glove Awards.
Rolen is also the only player in MLB history to play at least 2,000 games and only play third base in his entire career.
He won the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year Award for Gold Gloves in his third and fifteenth seasons, earning MVP votes in both seasons. He was also fourth in 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 won a World Series with St. Louis in 2006 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.
It was with Philadelphia Phillies from 1996 to 2002 before being traded to the Cardinals that season. He remained there until 2007 and joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008. The following year, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, where he remained until his retirement in 2012.
Todd Hilton He narrowly missed out on induction with 72.2% of the vote. He has five years of eligibility left, so at this point it’s a matter of if, not when. He missed induction by 11 votes.
However, this is the end of Jeff Kent’s streak, despite him hitting the most home runs (351) by any second baseman in baseball history. He got 46.5% of the vote after 17 years with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Cleveland, San Francisco GiantsHouston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. 855 OPS, drove in 1,518 runs, and won the MVP award in 2000. Now it will be up to future commissions to determine his fate.
Gary Sheffield He has another chance to get a plate next season. His numbers (509 homers, .292 average, .907 OPS) are certainly Hall of Fame-worthy, but there have been questions regarding his participation in the PEDs. He won 55% of the vote.
in the first year of his eligibility, Carlos Beltran He won 46.5% of the vote. He’ll probably work it out in the end, but his involvement in the 2017 Astros cheating scandal will likely strip some votes and put him off the first ballot.
The Veterans Committee voted in favor of Fred McGriff in December – he will join Rollin at the induction ceremony on July 23.
Adrian Belter, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, Matt Holliday, Adrian Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, and David Wright will all see their names on the ballot next year for the first time.