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Scott Rolen, a Slick-Fielding Third Baseman, Makes Hall of Fame

  • January 25, 2023

Scott Rolen played nearly 18,000 innings in the field during his 17-season career, and every one of them was spent at third base. A star infielder, known as much for his glove and his range as he was for his powerful bat, Rolen was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday when the results of the annual writers’ ballot were announced.

Rolen, in his sixth year of eligibility, was named on 297 of 389 ballots, giving him 76.3 percent in an election in which 75 percent is required to be inducted.

Todd Helton, the longtime Colorado Rockies first baseman, finished second, at 72.2 percent, and Billy Wagner, a star closer for several clubs, was third with 68.1 percent.

Carlos Beltrán, an outfielder for the Mets and the Yankees who was the most prominent of this year’s first-time finalists, was named on 46.5 percent of ballots. The result was somewhat disappointing for the former all-around star, and it was perhaps influenced by his connection to the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

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