Third baseman Scott Rolen inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame


NEW YORK — Scott Rolen sits with his son in the parking lot outside Bloomington South High School in Indiana in 2018, waiting to coach elementary school students in basketball, making his first appearance on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. I heard about the results on the radio.

“‘Dad, I think you’re in,'” Lauren recalled 10-year-old Finn predicting.

Lauren won 10.2% of the vote, double the minimum 5% remaining on the ballot for the following year, but far from the 75% needed for the election.

“Won?” the father remembered his son asking. “I said, ‘Oh, I won. Yes, I won.'”

Lauren has come a long way in just a few years and was elected to Hall in his sixth try on Tuesday, a skilful defensive third baseman who achieved baseball’s highest honor with five votes left.

A seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove nominee, Lauren received 76.3% of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s 389 votes, 297 of them. As such, his modest 10.2% debut made him the lowest starting turnout of any player elected later. The previous mark was his 17% in 1970 by Duke Snider who in 1980 he was voted out with 86.5%.

“In fact, I never in my life thought I would be a Hall of Fame baseball player,” Lauren said. “I never thought I would be drafted. I never thought I would play in the major leagues.

Lauren joins Fred McGriff, who was elected by the Modern Baseball Age Committee last month, as the class of 2023, who will take office July 23 in Cooperstown.

First baseman Todd Helton was second with 281 votes (72.2%) and reliever Billy Wagner was third with 265 votes (68.1%). Helton is up from his 52% and has five more appearances on the ballot. Wagner on the other hand has him up from 51% plus he has two chances.

281 with 316 homers and 1,287 RBIs in Philadelphia (1996-2002), St. Louis (2002-07), Toronto (2008-09) and Cincinnati (2009-12). 421 batting average as the Cardinals won his 2006 World Series.

His hall vote rose steadily to 17.2% in 2019, 35.3% in 2020, 52.9% in 2021 and 63.2% last year. He didn’t have to follow Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame Ballot Tracker this year.

“My phone was blowing up every day because it would tell me where my son and my friends and everyone was,” Lauren said.

He was waiting at his home in Bloomington on Tuesday with his parents, wife, son, daughter, brother and brother’s family.

“When I got the call and saw the Baseball Hall of Fame on the phone,” Lauren said.

They all cried, and a few minutes later Finn asked him to go outside and throw a baseball.

“It’s 30 degrees here. We’re going to get about 12 inches of snow tomorrow and my son and I were playing catch in the driveway,” Lauren said.

Then they took a short walk to his brother’s house to celebrate.

“I promised everyone a great steak no matter what, but I had to flip the tongs,” said Lauren. “Usually I was going to grill for everyone, but now my brother-in-law is grilling.”

Lauren played shortstop, second baseman, third baseman, right fielder, center fielder, left fielder, and pitcher at Jasper High School before placing third in his sophomore or junior year. He is Hall’s 18th third baseman, the least of any position.

Former third baseman Chipper Jones, who was elected in 2018, said, “Most of the players who moved to third base probably came out as shortstops.

Lauren’s five-vote margin was the twelfth-lowest among Reiter’s picks, and the tenth-lowest share of the vote.

Andruw Jones rose from 41.1% to 58.1%, Gary Sheffield from 40.6% to 55% and Jeff Kent rose from 32.7% to 46.5% in his final year. Kent may be considered by the Modern Baseball Age Committee in the future.

Athletes who received drug suspensions again fell behind. Alex Rodriguez rose from his 34.3% to 35.7% and Manny Ramirez he rose from 28.9% to 33.2%.

Eight blank ballots were submitted by writers eligible to vote after 10 consecutive years of affiliation with the BBWAA.

Of the 14 players who entered the poll for the first time, only two reached the 5% threshold for continued consideration next year. Carlos Beltrán received his 181 votes (46.5%), but his total was weighed down by his role in the Astros’ cheating scandal with Houston on his 2017 World Series title win. may have received.

Relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez received 42 votes (10.8%).

Next year’s first-time qualifiers include Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, David Wright, Jose Bautista and Matt Holliday.

Lauren spoke on a Zoom call with a big smile and an “E5” hat. This is the quirky name of his foundation that assists children and families dealing with illness, hardship, or special needs.

“I had a little bit of pressure in my chest all day,” he said. “Wow, this was real.”


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Written by Natalia Chi

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