We’re not far off from when the rest of the Hall of Fame class of 2022 will be revealed. Scott Rolen, my favorite player growing up, should already be there, yet has missed out each time he’s been on the ballot. But he is just as deserving as any other player on the ballot. Here is why Scott Rolen should be in the Hall of Fame and why it would be a huge mistake to not vote him in.
Scott Rolen’s Hall of Fame Case
Rolen was no doubt one of the best third basemen of all time. The guy could make tremendous plays. He could make the really challenging ones look routine. Rolen was a pretty solid hitter, popping 316 career home runs with a more-than-respectable lifetime .281 batting average. In his 17 years in the big leagues, Rolen played for the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Reds. Furthermore, he was Rookie of the Year in 1997, was a seven time All-Star, and won a World Series in 2006.
Rolen had a flair for the dramatic, too. He really shined on the postseason stage. One moment that stands out is his dramatic three-run homer off Roger Clemens in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS. Rolen’s blast put the Cards ahead to stay and go on to win their 16th NL Pennant.
Perhaps the only thing holding him back from being enshrined is his history of shoulder injuries during his career. He missed almost the whole 2005 season, and pretty much played through pain for the rest of his career.
But what truly separates Rolen from other great players in the mix is his drive and his mental toughness. He fought hard day in and day out, giving it 100% no matter what, even through all of his shoulder woes. And that is why Scott Rolen should be in the Hall of Fame.
This is Rolen’s final year of Hall of Fame eligibility. And if he doesn’t get the call, it will be a travesty. Rolen should already be there, and as a Cardinals fan, I can only hope that more Hall of Fame voters can see what I see; one of the greatest, yet most underrated, players of all time.
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