Scott Rolen is headed to Cooperstown.
Late on Tuesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the long-awaited results of Hall of Fame voting, revealing that there would be an additional member of the Class of 2023.
Rolen played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Cincinnati Reds.
Needless to say, friends, coaches, teammates, executives, and fans were all excited to see the 47-year-old finally get his chance to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
On Twitter, Rolen’s former teammate with the Reds, slugger Joey Votto, congratulated his friend on his accomplishment and expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to have played alongside him for four years.
To: Scott Rolen
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) January 25, 2023
Votto went on to say that any player who had the opportunity to play alongside Rolen should consider themselves fortunate.
The 39-year-old had nothing but great things to say about Rolen, even going as far as to say that he ended up modeling his work ethic after the Hall-of-Famer.
Rolen had a career WAR of 70.1 and hit a total of 316 home runs.
He is also a lifetime .281 hitter and picked up a total of 2,077 hits.
He earned National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1997 with the Phillies and won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2006.
But Rolen was also a key factor for the Reds as well, helping lead the team to two NL Central division titles in a three-year span.
After six years on the ballot, Rolen finally has his chance to shine and will join Fred McGriff in July for the induction ceremony.