One-time World Series champion and ex-Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is the latest name to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 76.3 percent of votes.
The 47-year-old featured on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame Ballot for the sixth time and will be inducted in Cooperstown, New York, on July 23, along with former slugger Fred McGriff, who was elected to the Hall of Fame by contemporary era committee in December.
The next closest to being associated with some of baseball’s legendary players was Todd Helton – a former first baseman who played his entire 17-year career for the Colorado Rockies. Players tainted by drug suspensions again lagged. Alex Rodriguez was at 35.7 percent, up from 34.3 percent, and Manny Ramirez at 33.2 percent, up from 28.9 percent.
Scott Rolen, 47, has been elected as the only member of the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame class
An MLB fan said he ‘couldn’t see’ Rolen entering the HOF in reaction to the BBWAA’s votes
‘You don’t think about this,’ Rolen told MLB Network. ‘You think about doing the best you can, play for your team and play the game as best you can and there’s such a long road. I never thought the Hall of Fame was going to be the answer.’
A total of 28 candidates appeared on this year’s ballot, including 14 new ones, which was decided this week by 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) and some fans couldn’t believe the outcome of Tuesday night’s decision on social media.
‘Scott Rolen a HOF??? Sorry, don’t see it. It truly has become the Hall of very good…,’ a veteran sports talk host from New York tweeted in disbelief.
Alex Rodriguez, tainted by drug suspensions, again missed out after receiving 35.7% of votes
Another Twitter follower claimed that Rolen ‘was not better at baseball than Andruw Jones,’ who had seen a large voting increase go in his favor from 41.1 percent to 58.1 percent. Jones, a Curacaoan former outfield and designated hitter, played for the Atlanta Braves, L.A. Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees in the US. Like Rolen, his name appeared for the sixth time on the BBWA’s ballot.
A public relations specialist, who claims to have worked with pro athletes and celebrities, was also discontent with Rolen’s nomination, tweeting: ‘Hall of Mediocre.’
Another MLB fan also shared that he felt Jeff Kent – a former second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians (now Guardians), San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and L.A. Dodgers – was more deserving of the award then Rolen.
‘Jeff Kent has more Hits, Doubles, Triples, HR, RBI, Higher Career Avg and won an MVP,’ he shared on Twitter. ‘Also holds the record for most HR’s by a 2B. This doesn’t make any sense.’
An MLB fan said HOF turned into the ‘Hall of Mediocre’ while others rooted for other players
Votes for Andruw Jones increased in the Curacaoan’s favor from 41.1 percent to 58.1 percent
Ex-Mets second baseman Jeff Kent has more hits, HR and RBI than Rolen & an MVP award too
This year’s ballot was Kent’s final year in which he could be nominated. His voting percentage increased from 32.7 percent to 46.5 percent. As things stand, former MLB players are removed from the ballot if they are named on fewer than 5 percent of ballots or have been on the ballot 10 times without election, according to the Hall of Fame’s voting procedures.
San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds, two-time World Series champion Roger Clemens and three-time World Series champion Curt Schilling finished their BBWAA eligibilities last year.
Meanwhile, another radio show host said: ‘Scott Rolen elected to the #MLB #HOF is an absolute travesty. Dude was a pretty good oft-injured player. Never won an MVP & hit over .300 only 3 times. The #HallofFame has officially turned into the Hall of Very Good. It’s a god damn shame.’
Another MLB fan also chipped in: ‘I enjoyed watching Scott Rolen play, but the MLB HOF has become the Hall of Very Good.’
Other than being a World Series Champion (in 2006 with the Cardinals), Rolen is also a seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner. He appeared on 297 of 389 ballots. A player needs 292 votes for election.
Another MLB fan slammed the Hall of Fame’s standards while another claimed Rolen wasn’t deserving of the nomination
Rolen is also the 18th third baseman elected to the Hall, the fewest of any position. His five-vote margin tied for the 12th-smallest among players elected by the writers and his 76.3 percent of the vote was the 10th lowest.
The Cardinals legend, who is also inducted into the club’s own Hall of Fame, increased from 63.2 percent last year and 10.2 percent in his first ballot appearance in 2018.
Former Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves reliever Billy Wagner came third in the BBWA’s voting count with 265 (68.1 percent). He was a seven-time All-Star throughout his career and is currently an Astros Hall of Famer.
Among 14 players appearing on the ballot for the first time, Carlos Beltran received 181 votes (46.5 percent). Beltran’s vote total likely was impacted by his role in the Astros cheating scandal en route to the 2017 World Series title.
Next year’s first-time eligible players include Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, David Wright, Jose Bautista and Matt Holliday.