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Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen

Position(s):
3B
Born:
April 4, 1975
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 4"
Weight:
250 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-01-1996 with PHI
Allstar Selections:
1997 ROOK, 1998 GG, 2000 GG, 2001 GG, 2002 GG, 2002 SS, 2003 GG, 2004 GG, 2006 GG, 2010 GG

Scott Rolen was a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1993 amateur draft and is a 7-time Rawlings Gold Glove award winner. He was the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year.

Philadelphia Phillies

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1993 amateur draft, Rolen reached the majors in 1996. He was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance of the season, keeping him at 130 career at-bats and eligible for Rookie of the Year consideration in 1997. In the next season, he was named National League Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Phillie since Dick Allen in 1964 to win the award. In 1998 he won his first of seven Gold Glove awards. Only Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10) have more at third base. Rolen was supposed to be one of the key pieces in the Phillies revival. However, claiming that management was not trying hard enough to win, Rolen demanded a trade. On July 29, 2002, Philadelphia traded Rolen and Doug Nickle to the St. Louis Cardinals for Plácido Polanco, Mike Timlin, and Bud Smith. Later that year, he received an eight-year deal worth $90 million.

St. Louis Cardinals

Rolen's 2004 season was arguably one of his best to that point. For much of the season, he led the National League in RBIs, often ranked among the league leaders in most offensive statistics, and had the highest vote total of any player for the All-Star Game. Despite being injured for the last stretch of the season, he finished the year with a career-high .314 batting average, 34 home runs, and 124 RBIs. He finished fourth in the National League MVP voting. Rolen, along with Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds earned the nickname "MV3" for their phenomenal 2004 seasons. The 2004 Cardinals won the National League Central Division with 105 wins. Rolen's two-run home run in the 6th inning of game 7 of the NLCS won the National League pennant for St. Louis by defeating the Astros in 7 games. However, the Boston Red Sox swept four games against the Cardinals to win the 2004 World Series.

On May 10, 2005, Rolen injured his shoulder in a collision with Dodgers first baseman Hee-Seop Choi and was placed on the disabled list two days later. He was expected to be out 4–6 weeks. On May 13, he underwent shoulder surgery; an additional MRI revealed a tear in the labrum. He eventually opted to have surgery on his shoulder, rather than attempt to let it heal on its own and return for the playoffs. He finally returned to full-time duties in 2006, a year in which Rolen was one of six nominees for the National League Comeback Player of the Year award. He finished 2006 hitting .292, hitting 22 home runs and 95 RBI. Rolen and the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series over the Detroit Tigers. The next year, however, Rolen faced more injury woes. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 31, 2007 because of his recurring left shoulder problems. On September 11, Rolen had season-ending shoulder surgery "for the removal of scar tissue and a bursectomy and a manipulation of his left (non-throwing) shoulder", according to a release from the team.

Toronto Blue Jays

On January 12, 2008, the Cardinals reached a preliminary deal to send Rolen to the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Glaus. On January 14, the deal became finalized when both players passed physicals.

Rolen suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger during fielding drills at spring training. His fingernail was also torn off. As a result, Rolen missed the first 3–5 weeks of the regular season, having surgery to insert a screw in his broken finger. Marco Scutaro was the Jays' third baseman in Rolen's place. On April 25, 2008, Rolen was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Two days later, against the Kansas City Royals, he hit his first home run as a Blue Jay.

After coming off another stint in the DL in late August, this time for his shoulder, he modified his batting stance by lowering his shoulders and arms by six inches, enabling him to reestablish his offensive power for the season's final month and hitting a couple of home runs at the comfort of less strain on the shoulder, which he had three prior surgeries to correct. He finished the year with a .262 batting average, 11 home runs and 50 RBI.

Cincinnati Reds

On July 31, 2009, Rolen was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with cash considerations for Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart. During the 2010 season, Rolen regularly started at third. His performance helped the Reds win the Central Division that year, their first division championship in 15 seasons. Rolen also won his eighth Gold Glove as a member of the Reds, the third team with which he received the award.

A middle-of-the-order hitter throughout his career, Rolen has a career .284 batting average as well as a .370 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. He has 1,892 Hits, 302 home runs, and 1,200+ RBIs, as well as having scored 1,131+runs to date.

Notable Achievements

  • 1997 NL Rookie of the Year Award
  • 1997 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 6-time NL All-Star (2002-2006 & 2010)
  • 8-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1998, 2000-2004, 2006 & 2010)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2002)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 10 (1997-2004, 2006 & 2010)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1998, 2002 & 2004)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 5 (1998 & 2001-2004)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1998 & 2004)
  • Won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006

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