Scott Rolen, one of the most decorated third basemen in baseball history, has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Rolen, an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and seven-time All-Star, was voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) with just five votes to spare. He was one of five players to be inducted in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023, joining Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, and Marvin Miller.
Rolen’s career highlights include a .281 batting average, 2,077 hits, 316 home runs, and 1,287 RBIs. He was also a key member of the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals team that won the World Series.
“I’m humbled and honored to be elected to the Hall of Fame,” Rolen said in a statement. “It’s a tremendous privilege to be included among the greatest players in the history of the game.”
Rolen’s election to the Hall of Fame caps off a remarkable career that saw him become one of the most respected and beloved players in the game. His Gold Glove Awards, All-Star selections, and World Series title are a testament to his skill and dedication to the game.
“Scott Rolen was one of the best players of his generation,” said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. “He was a complete player who excelled in all facets of the game, and his election to the Hall of Fame is a fitting way to honor his incredible career.”