It took six tries, however St. Louis Cardinals nice Scott Rolen is heading to the Hall of Fame. Rolen acquired the information that he could be enshrined in Cooperstown on Tuesday. He is the one member of the 2023 Hall of Fame class voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America this 12 months.
Rolen barely acquired in, receiving 76.3% of the vote. Players want 75% of the vote to be enshrined in Cooperstown, a threshold Rolen cleared by 5 out of 389 votes.
Rolen’s candidacy took a number of years to materialize. In his first 12 months of eligibility, he acquired simply 10.2% of the vote, however that proportion shortly rose as individuals centered extra on his case. In 17 seasons within the majors, Rolen put up a .281/.364/.490 slash line with 316 residence runs. His OPS+ for his profession was 122, which means he hit 22% higher than the league common over that interval.
On high of that, Rolen was a wizard within the discipline. He gained eight Gold Glove awards throughout his profession and was one of the very best defensive third basemen within the league. Rolen additionally gained the Rookie of the Year award in 1997, made seven All-Star groups, took residence a Silver Slugger in 2002 and gained the 2006 World Series with the Cardinals.
You can see simply how a lot the Hall of Fame means for Rolen and his household — and the way his candidacy was under no circumstances a lock — in a video posted by the Cincinnati Reds:
Making the Hall of Fame as a 3rd baseman isn’t any imply feat for Rolen, as the sphere place is the least represented in Cooperstown. By the Hall’s personal rely, solely 17 third basemen have been enshrined. Rolen is the primary to do it since Chipper Jones in 2018; earlier than that, no third baseman had been elected by the BBWAA since Wade Boggs in 2005.
Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez fall short of induction
Right after Rolen was longtime Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who completed simply short of the brink, with 72.2%. That works out to 11 votes short.
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez additionally missed the lower. Neither participant got here shut to induction on the publicly launched ballots, doubtless due to their being suspended for utilizing steroids throughout their careers. Rodriguez acquired 35.7% of the votes, and Ramirez acquired 33.2%.
A handful of gamers outperformed Ramirez and Rodriguez within the voting. In his first 12 months on the poll, former Kansas City Royals and New York Mets (amongst different groups) outfielder Carlos Beltran acquired 46.5% of the vote, though he himself has a cloud over his candidacy due to his central function within the 2017 Houston Astros dishonest scandal, when he was the membership’s bench coach.
Atlanta Braves middle fielder Andruw Jones acquired 58.1% of the vote. Astros nearer Billy Wagner continued to see his candidacy soar, going from 51% of the vote final 12 months to 68.1% Tuesday. Helton and Wagner each have an honest probability of getting inducted into the Hall of Fame subsequent 12 months in the event that they proceed to achieve assist as they close to their closing years of eligibility. Next 12 months will mark Wagner’s ninth on the poll.
Jeff Kent, Huston Street fall off poll
Hard-hitting second baseman Jeff Kent got here well short of making the lower in his tenth and closing look on the poll, receiving solely 46.5% of the vote. His case will subsequent be heard by the historic overview committee in December 2025, per the BBWAA.
A quantity of gamers additionally dropped off the poll due to failure to obtain 5% of the vote, together with first-timers Matt Cain, RA Dickey, Jacoby Ellsbury, Bronson Arroyo, John Lackey, Mike Napoli, Jhonny Peralta and Huston Street. Of that group, Dickey, Arroyo, Lackey, Napoli and Street have been the one candidates to obtain votes.
Rolen joins Fred McGriff in Cooperstown Class of 2023
Rolen’s election means he’ll be a part of Fred McGriff in Cooperstown this summer time, after the longtime first baseman was elected by a particular committee in December. Players who fall off the BBWAA poll — resembling McGriff — are nonetheless eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by a particular committee.
McGriff — together with Barry Bonds and Curt Schilling — was eligible for induction this 12 months by the up to date baseball period committee. Those committees consist of 16 people, usually former gamers, executives and media members. Candidates want 75% of the vote to achieve induction into the Hall of Fame.
McGriff was unanimously voted in by the 16-person committee. Bonds and Schilling as soon as again fell short of induction, every receiving fewer than 4 votes.
A quantity of gamers have reached the Hall of Fame as half of particular committees lately. Detroit Tigers nice Jack Morris acquired in via the committee methodology in 2018, and longtime Chicago White Sox standout Harold Baines acquired within the following 12 months thanks to one of the Hall of Fame’s committees.
Joe Mauer, Adrián Beltré, Chase Utley headline the 2024 Hall of Fame poll
Helton and Wagner have a shot to get in on the 2024 Hall of Fame poll, and so they could possibly be joined by another huge names. Twins nice Joe Mauer, Philadelphia Phillies legend Chase Utley and Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers standout Adrián Beltré are among the many greatest names on the 2024 poll.
They’ll be joined by different distinguished gamers together with New York Mets star David Wright, Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday and Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Guardians catcher Victor Martinez.
None of these gamers is a lock to make it into the Hall of Fame, particularly not of their first 12 months of eligibility. A quantity of these gamers have strong instances, nevertheless, so anticipate loads of debate within the leadup to the 2024 Hall of Fame announcement.