Rolen Reaches the Hall

01/25/2023 Rolen Reaches the Hall

By: Jeff Yoder

3B Scott Rolen Only Player Elected to Hall of Fame 2023 BBWAA Class

Rolen on in! Out of 28 candidates on the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, only earned enough votes to enter. Scott Rolen garnered 76.3 percent of the BBWAA votes (Baseball Writers Association of America). No other player on the ballot cracked the required 75 percent mark. Rolen spent 17 seasons in the majors (1996-2012) with the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Reds, amassing seven all-star appearances and eight Gold Glove awards. He blasted 316 career home runs and 1287 RBIs while posting a career batting average of .281 while winning the World Series with St. Louis in 2006. Rolen is just the 18th third baseman elected to the Hall of Fame.


A long list of notable names fell just short, but Rolen’s ability to secure a 75-percent vote prevented a Hall of Fame ballot shutout for what would have been the second time in three years. Here’s a look at all the votes:


BBWAA Hall of Fame Voting

Scott Rolen: 76.3%

Todd Helton: 72.2%

Billy Wagner: 68.1%

Andruw Jones: 58.1%

Gary Sheffield: 55%

Carlos Beltran: 46.5%

Jeff Kent: 46.5% (Final Year)

Alex Rodriguez: 35.7%

Manny Ramirez: 33.2%

Omar Vizquel: 19.5%

Andy Pettitte: 17%

Bobby Abreu: 15.4%

Jimmy Rollins: 12.9%

Mark Buehrle: 10.8%

Francisco Rodriguez: 10.8%

Torii Hunter: 6.9%


*Players below 5% will drop off future ballots


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