Former Reds third baseman one of 19 new candidates up for Hall of Fame

Nov 20, 2017
Scott Rolen high-fives his teammates after hitting in a home run in Thursday’s game against the Giants April 26, 2012, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Staff photo by Nick Daggy

Former Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is one of 19 new candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America 2018 Hall of Fame ballot.

Rolen, who played for the Reds from 2009-12, is one of only four third basemen (George Brett, Chipper Jones and Adrian Beltre are the others) in Major League history with at least 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,200 RBI. He’s the only third baseman to reach those marks while winning at least six Gold Glove awards.

Rolen, who played 17 seasons for the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds, was an eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time National League All Star. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1997.

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots to gain election. Relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman narrowly missed election last year with 74 percent of the vote. Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero had 71.7 percent.

The complete ballot: Barry Bonds, Chris Carpenter, Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon, Vladimir Guerrero, Livan Hernandez, Trevor Hoffman, Orlando Hudson, Aubrey Huff, Jason Isringhausen, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Jeff Kent, Carlos Lee, Brad Lidge, Edgar Martinez, Hideki Matsui, Fred McGriff, Kevin Millwood, Jamie Moyer, Mike Mussina, Manny Ramirez, Scott Rolen, Johan Santana, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano.

Results will be announced at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, on MLB Network.