The National Baseball Hall of Fame elected Scott Rolen to the Class of 2023. Here’s how the MLB Twitter world reacted to the news.
Every year, baseball fans wait to see if members of the Baseball Writers Association of America elect a player to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. There are instances where no eligible player has been elected to Cooperstown, with 2021 being the latest. Fans wonder if the same will happen in 2023 considering the lack of superstar power on the ballot.
The baseball world received news that there would indeed be a player elected to the Hall of Fame by ballot.
On Tuesday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Scott Rolen, the third former St. Louis Cardinals, will be inducted into the class of 2023. Rolen received 76.3% of the vote, 5 votes above the 75.0% threshold.
Rolen will join Fred McGriff on stage at the National Baseball Hall of Fame presentation on July 23. McGriff received the recommendation through the Contemporary Era Committee.
The MLB World Reacts to Scott Rolen being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
The MLB Twitter world has reacted to the big news that Rolen will become a Hall of Famer.
Rolen was the second-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1993 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut in 1996 with the Phillies, won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1997 and cemented his status as one of the league’s best third-team defensive players in throughout his career.
After spending the better part of seven seasons with the Phillies, Rolen joined the Cardinals in the 2002 campaign. In 2006, Rolen won his first World Series title after the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games.
Rolen played for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and ended his career with the Cincinnati Reds from 2009 to 2012.
During his career, Rolen has won eight Golden Gloves, a Silver Slugger in 2002 and earned seven All Star Game slots. Rolen scored 316 home runs, 1,287 RBI, 2,077 hits, batting average of 0.281 and 0.855 OPS.
Rolen was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2019. Almost four years later, he will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.