Eight-time Gold Glove 3B Scott Rolen makes the Baseball Hall of Fame

Scott Rolen has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, stopping a shutout in the BBWAA balloting for the second time in three years.

None of the different 27 gamers listed on the 2023 Hall poll cleared the 75% threshold for election, though there have been a pair of near-misses. The outcomes of the balloting had been revealed Tuesday throughout a broadcast on MLB.com.

Longtime third baseman Rolen was named in 76.3% of ballots solid in his sixth 12 months of eligibility to earn enshrinement. Just lacking was former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who acquired assist on 72.2% of ballots in his fifth try at election.

Players can seem on the poll for 10 seasons after a five-year ready interval after they retire, supplied they’re named on at the least 5% of the poll throughout a voting cycle.

“You do not take into consideration this,” Rolen mentioned on MLB Network. “You take into consideration attempting to do the greatest you’ll be able to, play to your workforce and play the recreation as greatest you’ll be able to and there is such an extended street. I by no means thought that the Hall of Fame was gonna be the reply.”

Rolen was a seven-time All-Star throughout his 17-year profession, taking part in for the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds. His eight Gold Gloves are fourth-most for a 3rd baseman. The 1997 NL Rookie of the Year was a member of the Cardinals when the membership gained the 2006 World Series.

Rolen, who ranks fifth in WAR amongst profession third basemen in response to baseball-reference.com, was named on simply 10.2 p.c of ballots throughout his first 12 months of eligibility in 2018 however quickly gained assist with every passing voting cycle.

The identical upward trajectory has held true for Helton, who began at 16.5% in 2019. A .316 profession hitter over 17 seasons, all spent with the Colorado Rockies, Helton was a four-time Silver Slugger winner and three-time Gold Glover for his work at first base.

Other gamers who had been named on at the least half of the ballots solid included Billy Wagner (68.1%), Andruw Jones (58.1%) and Gary Sheffield (55%).

Wagner, one of the most dominant relievers of his period, has gained assist steadily throughout his years on the poll. He earned assist on 51% of ballots final 12 months. Next 12 months might be his ninth season of eligibility.

Rolen’s slender election meant that the BBWAA has nonetheless declined to elect any new members simply 9 instances in the historical past of the balloting. The writers additionally didn’t elect anybody in 2021. Last 12 months, solely Red Sox nice David Ortiz was chosen by the writers.

The three-year stretch during which the BBWAA has elected simply two gamers matches a historic low. Since annual voting was everlasting in 1966, the writers had by no means didn’t elect at the least two gamers throughout any three-year stretch. They additionally elected simply two gamers throughout the three-year durations ending in 1968 and in every season from 1996 to 1998.

Ironically the paucity of electees comes just some years after a very fecund interval of voting by the writers. During the three-year interval ending in 2019, the BBWAA elected 11 new Hall members and through the five-year interval from 2015 to 2019, 17 new Hall of Famers had been tabbed by the writers.

Unlike 2021, when no new Hall of Famers had been elected by both the writers or an period committee – the first time since 1960 that had occurred – there might be at the least two new inductees giving a speech in Cooperstown throughout induction ceremonies on July 23. Soft -spoken Fred McGriff will enter the Hall alongside Rolen after being chosen by an period committee at the winter conferences in December in San Diego.

Progress was gradual for just a few extra controversial candidates whose efficiency meets conventional Hall of Fame requirements however have seen their circumstances undermined by associations with PEDs.

Alex Rodriguez, who ran up big profession totals of 3,115 hits, 696 homers and a pair of,086 RBI was named on 35.7% of the ballots throughout his second 12 months of eligibility, up from 34.3%. Rodriguez missed the 2014 underneath suspension for violation of MLB’s PED insurance policies.

Similarly, Manny Ramirez, who hit 555 homers whereas rolling up a .312 profession batting common however was suspended twice for PED violations, made little progress throughout his seventh time on the poll. After touchdown at 28.9% final 12 months, Ramirez nudged forward to 33.2% this time round.

Conversely, fearsome slugger Sheffield picked up slightly momentum in his ninth 12 months of eligibility. He is at 40.6% final 12 months. Sheffield, who hit 509 profession homers however was named in 2007’s Mitchell Report, was by no means disciplined for PED use. Next season might be his tenth and last alternative to realize election by way of the writers’ poll.

Among the 14 first-timers on the poll, solely two acquired the mandatory 5% assist to be carried over for consideration subsequent time round.

One of these first-timers was Carlos Beltran, who landed on 46.5% of ballots. Beltran’s Hall case is stable on the deserves of a profession that noticed 435 homers, 312 steals, 2,725 hits and one of baseball’s most glowing postseason data.

Beltran was a central determine in the controversial sign-stealing scandal that tainted the 2017 World Series title of the Houston Astros, for whom Beltran performed. His affiliation with the controversy later led him to resign as supervisor of the New York Mets earlier than his first season in that function.

While it is unsure what function the scandal performed in Beltran lacking on his first poll, his degree of assist bodes effectively for the future and, maybe, for the candidacies down the line for different standouts on that Astros squad.

The different first-timer who will keep on the poll is reliever Francisco Rodriguez, whose 437 saves had been sufficient to get him onto 10.8% of ballots.

While the voters have been stingy lately, subsequent 12 months may see a extra energetic induction week with a quantity of attention-grabbing candidates turning into eligible subsequent winter. The record of newcomers is headed by third baseman Adrian Beltre, catcher Joe Mauer and second baseman Chase Utley.

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