Former Phillies and Cardinals third baseman was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
The seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner hit .281/.364/.490 in his 17-year career, after breaking into the big leagues for a cup of coffee with Philadelphia in 1996. He won the NL Rookie of the Year the following season, hitting .283/.377/.469 with 21 home runs, 93 RBIs, 92 runs, and 16 stolen bases.
For his career, Rolen smacked 316 home runs, with 1,287 RBIs, 1,211 runs, and 118 steals.
The Indiana native, who turns 48 this year, retired after the 2012 season at age 37. He also spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.
Rolen received just 10.2% in his first ballot appearance in 2018, and climbed to 52.9% in 2021 and 63.2% last year, when he fell 47 votes shy of the needed 75%. This time around, he received 76.2% of the votes.
He becomes just the 18th third baseman in MLB history to be elected to the Hall of Fame, the fewest among position players.
The others are Home Run Baker, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Jimmy Collins, Ray Dandridge, Judy Johnson, Chipper Jones, George Kell, Freddie Lindstrom, Eddie Matthews, Paul Molitor, Ron Santo, Mike Schmidt, Brooks Robinson, Pie Traynor, Jud Wilson, and Deacon White.
Rolen will join former Blue Jays, Padres and Braves slugger Fred McGriff for enshrinement in Cooperstown, N.Y., in July. McGriff was elected last month by the 16-member Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee after falling off the ballot of the traditional Baseball Writers’ Association of America election.