Scott Rolen

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Scott Rolen
Scott Rolen on June 25, 2011.jpg
With the Cincinnati Reds
Third baseman
Born: (1975-04-04) April 4, 1975 (age 39)
Evansville, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 1996 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2012 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Batting average .281
Hits 2,077
Home runs 316
Runs batted in 1,287
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Scott Bruce Rolen (born April 4, 1975) is a former professional baseball third baseman in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. He was an eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time All-Star.

Career[edit]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1993 amateur draft, Rolen reached the majors in 1996. 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.[1] In 1998 he won his first of eight 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.[2] Rolen was represented in negotiations by ACES Inc.[3]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Rolen batting for the Cardinals

Rolen's 2004 season was one of his best. 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 outstanding 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 seven games. However, the Boston Red Sox swept the Cardinals in four games 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 four to six 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"release.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Rolen with the Toronto Blue Jays in May 2009

On January 12, 2008, the Cardinals reached a preliminary deal to send Rolen to the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Glaus (which became finalized on January 14).

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.[4] 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[edit]

On July 31, 2009, Rolen was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with cash considerations for Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.[5] 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 .281 batting average as well as a .365 on-base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage. He has 2,048 Hits, 313 home runs, and 1,273 RBIs, as well as having scored 1,201 runs (as of August 3, 2012). On June 15, 2011, he became the third third baseman ever to have 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs, and 1,200 RBIs, along with George Brett and Chipper Jones.

Rolen did not attend 2013 spring training, but also did not announce his retirement.[6]

Charity work[edit]

In 1999, Rolen created The Enis Furley Foundation[7] (named after one of Rolen's dogs), wanting to help children and their families who struggle with illness, hardship, or other special needs. The scope of the foundation was intentionally left broad to give the flexibility to respond to a wide range of personal circumstances. Externally, the Enis Furley Foundation[7] is active in community outreach programs, "Hot Corner Kids",[8] and the construction of outdoor retreats, such as "Camp Emma Lou"[9] (named after another one of Rolen's dogs.[10] Rolen's goals for his charity efforts are simple "To have fun, have a blast. Let's play."[10] Rolen gave Indiana University a "major gift" to the Indiana University baseball program and its facility, Bart Kaufman Field. Rolen made the contribution in honor of his parents, Ed and Linda Rolen, who are longtime educators and IU fans.

Milestones[edit]

  • On September 15, 2006, Rolen set a personal record for RBIs in a game with 7 in a 14–4 win against the San Francisco Giants, hitting 2 home runs[citation needed].
  • He played his 1,500th game (5,480 ABs) on August 22, 2007 against the Florida Marlins.
  • He hit his 300th career home run on June 28, 2010 off Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • He hit his 2,000 career hit on July 4, 2011 off pitcher Chris Carpenter of the St Louis Cardinals.

Awards[edit]

  • 1993 Selected to the Indiana Basketball All Star Team
  • 1993 Mr. Baseball (Indiana)[11]
  • 1997 NL Rookie of the Year
  • 8-time National League 3B Gold Glove Award (1998, 2000–04, 2006, 2010)
  • 7-time National League All-Star (2002–2006, 2010, 2011)
  • National League Silver Slugger (2002)

Private life[edit]

Rolen currently splits his time between residences in Bloomington, Indiana and Holmes Beach, Florida. Rolen and his wife Niki have two children: a daughter, Raine Tyler, and a son, Finn Edward.

Rolen was offered a basketball scholarship to play for Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State University but rejected the offer. He was also offered a scholarship at the University of Georgia.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baer, Bill (2012). 100 Things Phillies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. United States: Triumph Books. p. 256. ISBN 9781617496189. 
  2. ^ "Rolen, Cardinals agree to an eight-year contract". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  3. ^ Stark, Jason (September 27, 2002). "Cards lock up a gem in Rolen". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 27, 2002. 
  4. ^ Rolen could be out 3–5 weeks
  5. ^ Rolen headed to Reds from Blue Jays-MLB.com
  6. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (February 12, 2013). "Scott Rolen sounds like a guy getting ready to retire". Hardball Talk. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Enis Furley Foundation". 
  8. ^ "Hot Corner Kids". 
  9. ^ "Camp Emma Lou". 
  10. ^ a b Elliott, Bob. "Rolen's hope for kids". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  11. ^ "Indiana Mr. Baseball Award | Lids Indiana Bulls Alumni". Indiana Bulls Baseball. 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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