In his sixth year of eligibility, former Cincinnati Reds third baseman and eight-time Gold Glover Scott Rolen finally made it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He'll be inducted into the hall during a July 23 ceremony alongside Fred McGriff, who played 19 seasons during the 1980s, 19902 and early 2000s and was added by the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee in December.
Rolen punched his Cooperstown ticket on Jan. 24, 2023 with 297 votes, or 76.3% of the vote, from eligible members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). For induction, players must receive at least 75% of that year’s vote . In 2022, Rolen received 63.2%.
Rolen ended his Major League Baseball career in Cincinnati after the 2012 season but also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays. He spent a total of 17 seasons in the majors after being drafted by Philadelphia in 1997 and has been lauded as one of the best third basemen to play the game. Read CityBeat's story about Rolen's stats and milestones.
Rolen's former teams plus fans, coaches and players in Cincinnati and beyond had plenty of memories to share once he was announced as Cooperstown's sole elected inductee. Scroll down to relive the memories.