How Hall of Fame website prematurely revealed election of Scott Rolen

By , Audacy Sports

Scott Rolen's election to the Baseball Hall of Fame was officially revealed on Tuesday night -- but a group of Reddit users seemed to spoil the suspense several hours sooner.

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Earlier in the day, a veteran user who posts under the handle "studoggery" posted a link to what appeared to be a precursor to Rolen's player page on the official Hall of Fame website.

The contents of the page were only accessible with a login and password, but the URL appeared to be live.

The development spread like wildfire on Baseball Twitter, and it even prompted a shoutout on MLB Network during its walkup coverage for the announcement.

Incredibly, it wasn't the first time the Hall of Fame website tipped off the election announcement to sleuthing users. In 2016, the same scenario played out for the election of Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr.

So, it appears the Hall of Fame has declined to update its processes for the big reveal.

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