Just last month, Scott Rolen became the newest member of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The legendary third baseman played 17 years in Major League Baseball, spending most of his time with the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.
Late last week, Rolen announced that he would have a Cardinals hat on his Hall of Fame plaque.
The slugger joined the Cardinals in 2002 and was with the team for their World Series runs in 2004 and 2006, playing alongside stars such as Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols, Larry Walker, Yadier Molina, David Eckstein, Edgar Renteria, Chris Carpenter, Jason Isringhausen, and Adam Wainwright.
When he announced his decision to go into Cooperstown with a Cardinals hat, Rolen explained that his time in St. Louis was a “pivotal portion” of his career.
Scott Rolen explains why his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque will show him wearing a #STLCards hat: “I believe this decision accurately represents a pivotal portion of my career based on our teams’ successes in St. Louis." pic.twitter.com/lIlfmkPnJL
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) February 17, 2023
Rolen grew up in Jasper, Indiana, just a few hours east of St. Louis.
He was a proven postseason performer and had a knack for coming through in the clutch.
One of his most defining moments was his home run off of Roger Clemens in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS.
That home run gave St. Louis the lead for the first time in the game, and the Cardinals held on for a 5-2 win, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1987.
But more than anything else, Rolen was a fan favorite in St. Louis.
His hard-nosed, rugged style of play resonated with Cardinals fans.
He was also a key member of the 2006 World Series championship team.
It only seems fitting that the legendary third baseman will be entering Cooperstown as a Cardinal.
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