Scott Rolen is heading to Cooperstown, having narrowly been elected to the Baseball Corridor of Fame on Tuesday night time.
The sixth time on the poll was the attraction, with the previous third baseman receiving 76.3 p.c of the votes by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America.
When Rolen obtained the information, he was together with his dad and mom, who shared an emotional celebration with the previous eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time All-Star. They greeted him with huge hugs and his dad appeared significantly greatly surprised by the information.
“What’s happening? I can not consider it,” he mentioned between tears. “Oh my lord.”
Rolen, 47, is the 18th third basemen in historical past to be inducted, after Chipper Jones in 2018. He spent 17 seasons in MLB between the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds between 1996 and 2012.
Todd Helton (72.2 p.c) and Billy Wagner (68.1 p.c) have been the closest to becoming a member of Rolen, who received the nod by simply 5 votes.
Fred McGriff, who was voted in final month by the Up to date Period Committee, will be a part of Rolen in being inducted on July 23.
Rolen, who was the Nationwide League Rookie of the Yr with the Phillies in 1997 and received a World Sequence with the Cardinals in 2006, didn’t specify which cap will probably be displayed on his Corridor of Fame plaque. He was additionally moved by his induction.
“There was by no means a degree in my life I believed I used to be going to be a Corridor of Fame baseball participant,” Rolen mentioned on Tuesday.