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Scott Rolen has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, sneaking over the threshold by the narrowest of margins.
Rolen, one of the game’s great third basemen, was named on 76.3% of ballots cast in his sixth year of eligibility to earn enshrinement. Just missing was former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who received support on 72.2% of ballots in his fifth try at election.
Along with Helton, none of the other 27 players listed on the 2023 ballot cleared the 75% minimum for election.
Players can appear on the ballot for 10 seasons after a five-year waiting period after they retire, provided they are named on at least 5% of the ballot during a voting cycle.
PlayerVotesPct.Scott Rolen29776.3Todd Helton28172.2Billy Wagner26568.1Andruw Jones22658.1Gary Sheffield21455.0Carlos Beltrán18146.5Jeff Kent18146.5Alex Rodríguez13935.7Manny Ramírez12933.2Omar Vizquel7619.5Andy Pettitte6617.0Bobby Abreu6015.4Jimmy Rollins5012.9Mark Buehrle4210.8Francisco Rodríguez4210.8
“You don’t think about this,” Rolen said on MLB Network. “You think about trying to do the best you can, play for your team and play the game as best you can and there’s such a long road. I never thought that the Hall of Fame was going to be the answer.”