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Former St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies player Scott Rolen has been inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

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When Scott Rolen first appeared on Hall of Fame balloting in 2018, his son Finn told him on his way to baseball practice that he was sure he would be in.

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Rollin, a pragmatist, hoped that only 5% would remain on the ballot. He got just over 10%, and when his son asked if they “won,” he confirmed that they did.

Tuesday night, much more profit.

Rollin, who won three Gold Gloves and a 2006 World Series in his six seasons as a St. Louis Cardinal, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2023 by voters of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Fred McGriff, who was unanimously elected by the Contemporary Baseball Era committee in December, will be the other inductee for the Class of 2023 this summer in Cooperstown, New York. Rolen and McGriff will join BBWAA Career Excellence Award The winner is John Lowe, formerly of the Detroit Free Press.

In his sixth year out of 10 on the ballot, Rolen finished right at the finish line, with 76.3% of the vote. A player must reach 75% to be recruited; Rolen was recruited by a margin of five votes.

“There was no point in my life when I thought I was going to be a Hall of Fame baseball player,” Rollin laughed on a conference call with reporters. “I never thought I was going to be drafted. I never thought I was going to play in the big leagues, and never will be.”

Now, it is what gamers dream about.

Rollin became the second primary baseman to be elected—joining Chipper Jones—since Wade Boggs in 2005. He is the third baseman so honored by the Hall.

Carlos Beltrán received solid support in his first year of eligibility, but was ultimately stymied by his involvement in the sign-stealing scandal surrounding the 2017 Houston Astros.

The scandal first cost him his job as manager of the New York Mets, and now threatens to banish him from the Hall of Fame, despite a career that saw him hit over 400 home runs, 300 stolen bases, and 2,700 hits while also winning three Gold Gloves.

According to Baseball Reviewer, the three Beltran hitters that are most similar are Andre Dawson, Billy Williams, and Al Kaline. Everyone is in the Hall of Fame.

Former Cardinals John Lackey and Johnny Peralta are included on the ballot as compiled by the Hall of Fame, after reaching ten years of service. Since the five percent threshold was not crossed (Lucky received one vote, Peralta none), they would both be struck off the ballot from now on.

Rollin is the first player to spend a significant portion of his career as a Cardinal elected by the writers since the late Bruce Sutter, who was elected in 2006. Ted Simmons was elected by the Modern Baseball Committee in 2019, and Tony La Russa was elected by the Veterans Committee in year 2013.

with the current situation, Cardinals President Bill DeWittJr. “On behalf of the entire St. Louis Cardinals organization, I want to congratulate Scott Rolen on the honor he deserves of being selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Scott was a cornerstone of our ballpark and lineup during his six seasons in St. Louis, and helped create many fond memories as part of One of the great Cardinals teams of the mid-2000s.”

When asked on MLB Network’s Bob Costas if he had made a decision on which logo would adorn his plate, Rollin said he had not and would listen to the decision’s input from the hall.

exclude it from hall of fame Even his sixth ballot reflects the challenges in his election as a third baseman. He paired more than 300 home runs and 2,000 hits with eight Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger, and the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year award.

It is above average Third Base Hall of Fame In every measure of player value, and by Jay Jaffe’s JAWS, he ranks 10th among baserunners of all time. Of the nine players ahead of him, eight are in the Hall of Fame. Apparent, Adrian Pelterie, is not eligible for election until next winter, and is expected to sail to Cooperstown on his first attempt.

“I didn’t know any of that,” Rollin said of value metrics early in the process. As it was explained to him that they worked for him, he decided, “Well, then I love them.”

Rollin ranks sixth all-time in defense wins passing a third base replacement, trailing Brooks Robinson, Beltree, Buddy Bell, Kelly Boyer and Greg Nettles. He’s passed four of those six in offensive wins over replacement, trailing only Beltré (71.6) and tied with Nettles at 52.8.

After receiving a phone call from Hall on Tuesday, Rollin said his family’s first reaction was to cry. “This is where we are now,” he explained.

Then, six years later, Vin Rollin justified his trust, and had his father’s application to the Hall of Fame.

He wanted to play catch.

Geoff Johns is a freelance sportswriter and member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He is a frequent contributor to Belleville News-Democrat, mlb.com, and other sports websites.

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