Former third baseman Scott Rolen named to Baseball Hall of Fame by just five votes

Only five players have been named on more than 60% of the public ballots for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame election. Only one of them received enough votes to enter the class of 2023.

Scott Rolen received 76.3% of the vote, narrowly exceeding the 75% threshold by just five votes.

Rolen, 47, is just the 18th third baseman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the fewest of any position. He will join Fred McGriff in the Class of 2023 on July 23 in Cooperstown.

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Rolen’s election meant the Hall of Famer was cleared for the second time in three years by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Seven-time All-Star winner and eight-time Gold Glove who played for the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds, retired after 2012 season Rolen got just 10.2% of the vote when he first appeared on the ballot in 2018 but had climbed steadily since with 52.9% in 2021 and 63.2% last year when he lost 47 votes.

Rolen’s 70.1 WAR career ranks tied for 69th all-time and puts him ahead of several Hall of Famers. For his career, he batted .281/.364/.490 and hit 316 home runs.

Meanwhile, Todd Helton received 72.2% of the vote, leaving him just 11 votes short of the induction. No player had come this close before without going in.

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