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Scott Rolen

Rolen with the Blue Jays in May 2009
Cincinnati Reds — No. 27
Third baseman
Born: April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04) (age 34)
Evansville, Indiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 1, 1996 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .284
Home runs     283
Runs batted in     1129
Stolen bases     114
Hits     1810
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Rolen batting for the Cardinals

Scott Bruce Rolen (born April 4, 1975 in Evansville, Indiana) is a Major League Baseball third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. He is a seven-time Gold Glove winner. Rolen was born in Evansville, Indiana and grew up in nearby Jasper, Indiana.

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Philadelphia Phillies

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1993 amateur draft, Rolen reached the majors in 1996. He was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance of the season, keeping him at 130 career at-bats and eligible for rookie of the year consideration in 1997. In the next season, he was in fact named National League Rookie of the Year. In 1998 he won his first of seven Gold Glove awards. Only Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10) have more at third base.

St. Louis Cardinals

On July 29, 2002, Philadelphia traded Rolen and Doug Nickle to the St. Louis Cardinals for Plácido Polanco, Mike Timlin, and Bud Smith. Later that year, he received an eight-year deal worth $90 million.[1]

Rolen's 2004 season was arguably his best to that point. For much of the season, he led the National League in RBIs, often ranked among the league leaders in most offensive statistics, and had the highest vote total of any player for the All-Star Game. Despite being injured for the last stretch of the season, he finished the year with a career-high .314 batting average, 34 home runs, and 124 RBIs. He finished fourth in the National League MVP voting. Rolen, along with Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds earned the nickname MV3 for their phenomenal 2004 seasons. The 2004 Cardinals won the National League Central Division with 105 wins. Scott Rolen's 2-run home run in the 6th inning of game 7 of the NLCS won the National League pennant for St. Louis by defeating the Astros in 7 games. However, the Boston Red Sox swept 4 games against the Cardinals to win the 2004 World Series.

On Tuesday May 10, 2005, Rolen injured his shoulder in a collision with Dodgers first baseman Hee-Seop Choi and was placed on the disabled list two days later. He was expected to be out 4–6 weeks. On May 13, he underwent shoulder surgery; additional MRI revealed tear in labrum. He eventually opted to have surgery on his shoulder, rather than attempt to let it heal on its own and return for the playoffs. He returned to full-time duties in 2006, a year in which Rolen was one of six nominees for the National League Comeback Player of the Year award. He finished 2006 hitting .292, hitting 22 Home Runs and 95 RBI. Rolen and the Cardinals returned to the World Series and won the 2006 World Series over the Detroit Tigers.

Things did not go well in 2007 for Rolen. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 31, 2007 because of his recurring left shoulder problems. Then on September 11, Rolen had season-ending shoulder surgery "for the removal of scar tissue and a bursectomy and a manipulation of his left (non-throwing) shoulder", according to a release from the team.

Toronto Blue Jays

On January 12, 2008, the Cardinals reached a preliminary deal to send Rolen to the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Glaus. On January 14, 2008 the deal became finalized when both players passed physicals. Rolen has chosen to wear the number 33 on the Toronto Blue Jays because he wants a new start. His three year old daughter helped to pick out the number from a list of available numbers.

Rolen suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger during fielding drills at spring training. His fingernail was also torn off. Rolen missed the first 3–5 weeks of the regular season after having surgery to insert a screw in his broken finger. [2] Marco Scutaro was the Jays' third baseman in Rolen's place. On April 25, 2008, Rolen was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Two days later, against the Kansas City Royals, he hit his first home run as a Blue Jay.

After coming off another stint in the DL in late August, this time for his shoulder, he modified his batting stance by lowering his shoulders and arms by six inches, enabling him to reestablish his offensive power for the season's final month and hitting a couple of home runs at the comfort of less strain on the shoulder, in which he had 3 prior surgeries to correct. He finished the year with a .262 batting average, 11 home runs and 50 RBI.

Cincinnati Reds

On July 31, 2009, Rolen was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with cash considerations for Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.[3] A middle-of-the-order hitter throughout his career, Rolen has a career .282 batting average as well as a .370 on-base percentage and a .501 slugging percentage. He has 1,656 Hits, 270 Home runs, and 1,058 RBIs, as well as having scored 1,007 Runs (as of September 23, 2008).

Charity work

In 1999, Scott Rolen created The Enis Furley Foundation. He wanted to help children and their families who struggle with an illness, hardship, or other special needs. The scope of the foundation was intentionally left broad to give the flexibility to respond to a wide range of personal circumstances. Externally, the Enis Furley Foundation is busy with community outreach programs, "Hot Corner Kids", and construction of outdoor retreats, such as "Camp Emma Lou." The goals are quite simple: making children smile.

Milestones

  • On September 15, 2006, Rolen set a personal record for RBIs in a game with 7 in a 14–4 win against the San Francisco Giants, hitting 2 home runs.
  • He went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, and his 261st home run against the Milwaukee Brewers on August 15, 2007.
  • He played in his 1,500th game (5,480 ABs) on August 22, 2007.

Awards

  • 1997- NL Rookie of the Year
  • 7-times National League 3B Gold Glove Award(1998, 2000–04, 06)
  • 5-times National League All-Star (2002–06)

Private life

Rolen currently splits his time between residences in Bloomington, Indiana and Holmes Beach, Florida. Rolen and his wife Nikki have two children: a daughter, Raine Tyler, and a son, Finn Edward.

Rolen was offered a basketball scholarship to play for Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State University but rejected the offer. He was also offered a scholarship at the University of Georgia.

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