Scott Rolen

From BR Bullpen

Scott Bruce Rolen.jpg

Scott Bruce Rolen

BR page

Biographical Information[edit]

Rolen as a Jay

Scott Rolen was a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1993 amateur draft and is a 7-time Rawlings Gold Glove award winner. He was the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year.

Besides Rolen's defensive skills, he is also a very good offensive player. From 1997 to 2002 Rolen was the main offensive threat for the Phillies.

However in 2002, the last year of Rolen's contract, he told the Phillies he would not re-sign with the club. The Phillies then looked to trade him. They finally did on July 29, 2002 when he was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for relief pitcher Mike Timlin, infielder Placido Polanco and starting pitcher Bud Smith.

Rolen helped lead the Cardinals to the playoffs where they lost in the first round to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 2004, Scott Rolen had a career year by hitting .314 with 34 homers and 124 RBI. Unfortunately, a late-season injury caused a bad playoff performance from Rolen. He was a combined 9 for 56 with all nine hits coming in the NLCS against the Houston Astros. However, in the 4 game NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers he went 0 for 12, and in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox he went 0 for 15 as the Cardinals were swept 4 games to none. It is doubtful that the Cardinals would have had the record they did if it hadn't been for Rolen.

Rolen battled a left shoulder injury from 2005-2007 and needed three operations. He also got into arguments with manager Tony LaRussa following the 2006 postseason. The Cardinals parted ways with Rolen in January of 2008, trading him to the Toronto Blue Jays for another All-Star third baseman coming off injury, Troy Glaus.

He had a cameo in a sketch on Saturday Night Live, 12/13/97.He is married with two children.

Scott graduated from Jasper, Indiana High School in 1993, where he played baseball and basketball. He won top honors in high school, winning the state of Indiana's "Mr. Baseball" award given to the top high school player. He was offered several basketball scholarships from various colleges.

He is also involved in the community; he founded the Enis Furley Foundation and Camp Emma Lou in Bloomington, Indiana which support local children and their families.

Notable Achievements[edit]

NL Rookie of the Year
1996 1997 1998
Todd Hollandsworth Scott Rolen Kerry Wood

Related Sites[edit]

Scott Rolen on