Third baseman Scott Rolen is voted the SOLE inductee of the HOF class of baseball 2023

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Former World Series champion and former Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds player Scott Rolen is the latest name to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 76.3% of the votes, to the surprise of fans, as former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez misses out again.

The 47-year-old was on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot for the sixth consecutive year and will be inducted in Cooperstown, New York, on July 23, along with former slugger Fred McGriff , who was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Contemporary Era Committee in December.

Todd Helton comes next closest to being associated with some of baseball’s legendary players – a former first baseman who played his entire 17-year career for the Colorado Rockies. Players with drug suspensions fell behind again. Alex Rodriguez was at 35.7%, down from 34.3%, and Manny Ramirez was at 33.2%, down from 28.9%.

Scott Rolen, 47, has been voted the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2023

A total of 28 candidates appeared on this year’s ballot, including 14 new ones, who were decided this week by 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and some fans couldn’t believe the outcome of Tuesday’s decision. night on social media.

“Scott Rolen elected to #MLB #HOF is an absolute travesty,” a radio show host shared on Twitter. ‘Dude was a very good player who was often injured. Never won an MVP and only reached over .300 3 times. The #HallofFame has officially become the Hall of Very Good. It’s a fucking shame.

Another follower on Twitter claimed that Rolen “was no better at baseball than Andruw Jones”, who had seen a surge in votes for him from 41.1% to 58.1%. Jones, a former outfielder and designated from Curacao, played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees in the United States. Like Rolen, his name appeared for the sixth time on the BBWA ballot.

A public relations specialist, who claims to have worked with professional athletes and celebrities, was also unhappy with Rolen’s nomination, tweeting: ‘Hall of Mediocre’

Another sports fan also shared that he thinks Jeff Kent – a former second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians (now Guardians), San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and LA Dodgers – deserved the award more than Rolen. .

“Jeff Kent has more hits, doubles, triples, HR, RBI, higher career average and won an MVP,” he shared on Twitter. ‘Also holds the record for most HR by a 2B. It does not mean anything.

This year’s poll was Kent’s last year in which he could be nominated. His voting percentage rose from 32.7% to 46.5%. As it stands, former MLB players are removed from the ballot if they are named on less than 5% of the ballots or if they have been on the ballot 10 times without an election, according to the Hall of Fame voting procedures.

Meanwhile, a veteran sports conference host also tweeted his disbelief at the final tally of BBWA’s 400 voting members: ‘Scott Rolen a HOF??? Sorry, I don’t see it. It’s really become the hall of the really good…’ he shared.

Another MLB fan also added, “I enjoyed watching Scott Rolen play, but MLB HOF has become the Hall of Very Good.”

In addition to being a World Series champion (in 2006 with the Cardinals), Rolen is also a seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner. He appeared on 297 of 389 ballots. A player needs 292 votes to be elected.

Rolen is also the 18th third baseman elected to the Hall, the fewest of any position. His five-vote margin was tied for 12th-smallest among players voted by writers and his 76.3% of the vote was 10th-lowest. The Cardinals legend, who was also inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame, fell from 63.2% last year to 10.2% in his first ballot appearance in 2018.

Former Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves reliever Billy Wagner came third in the BBWA vote tally with 265 (68 ,1%). He was a seven-time All-Star throughout his career and is currently a member of the Astros Hall of Fame.

Among 14 players appearing on the ballot for the first time, Carlos Beltrán received 181 votes (46.5%). Beltrán’s vote total was likely affected by his role in the Astros’ cheating scandal en route to the 2017 World Series title.

Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer, David Wright, José Bautista and Matt Holliday are the first eligible for next year.