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jlohm1
10-11-2012, 11:26 PM
Veteran third baseman Scott Rolen is preparing to retire, though he will delay an official announcement until later in the offseason, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale (via Twitter). Rolen was non-committal about his future when talking to reporters (including John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer) following the Reds' elimination from the NLDS today, just noting that his contract with the Reds was up and that he was "going to go home and be a dad."

It's a tough ending for Rolen, who struck out in the final at-bat of the series and also made an error in the 10th inning in Game Three that led to the Giants scoring the game-winning run. Rolen hit .245/.318/.398 in 330 plate appearances for Cincinnati this year, with his playing time limited by both injuries and the Reds' desire to fit rookie Todd Frazier into the lineup. Rolen signed a two-year, $13MM extension with the Reds in December 2009 that covered the 2011-12 seasons.

Injuries plagued Rolen throughout the latter years of his career, though his credentials could still end up earning him a spot in the Hall of Fame. Highlights include the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year Award, seven All-Star appearances, a .281/.364/.490 batting line over 17 seasons, 316 homers and a World Series ring with the 2006 Cardinals. Despite his impressive hitting numbers, Rolen may be best remembered as one of the game's great defensive third basemen, as the eight-time Gold Glover trails only Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10) for number of Gold Gloves won at the hot corner.

Mark Polishuk via MLBTR

:clap: to a great career. I'm glad that I can say he was a Red. I think he will make a great coach someday, If that's what he chooses to do. I think it's nice to see him retire quietly, unlike Chipper, to be honest.

MetsFanatic19
10-11-2012, 11:37 PM
It's a shame he's going out after making an error that cost the Reds a chance to advance.

Anyway, very good player, very good career. I wish him the best of luck.

popo85
10-12-2012, 12:12 AM
A-Rod to follow

Driven
10-12-2012, 12:16 AM
:( Love Rolen

lincecum=future
10-12-2012, 12:29 AM
One of my favorite all time players. Kind of sad and weak that some Reds fans are using him as a scapegoat to why they lost the series to the Giants.

Jeffy25
10-12-2012, 12:41 AM
Belongs in Cooperstown

Jays Claw
10-12-2012, 12:53 AM
A future HOFer for sure. Great career.

giants73756
10-12-2012, 01:16 AM
Great player. I'll miss him. I'm glad he was able to get a ring.

raidersrock99
10-12-2012, 01:30 AM
Good player thanks for that error though

flea
10-12-2012, 01:36 AM
HOF, great two-way player.

Leandres_sf
10-12-2012, 01:40 AM
It's a shame he's going out after making an error that cost the Reds a chance to advance.

Anyway, very good player, very good career. I wish him the best of luck.

I really don't think Rolen's error cost the Reds the series...that was a group effort.

ahoda
10-12-2012, 07:05 AM
Man I'm going to miss seeing him play. He always seemed to hustle and never give up.

bagwell368
10-12-2012, 07:21 AM
Belongs in Cooperstown

We've both been on that side of the argument - 66.6 rWAR. The only thing that troubles me about Rolen is games lost to injury in his prime. Compared to the reigning games played per year stud at 3B - Beltre, it's a problem. If you put in replacement values to get to 162 games for both, Rolen takes a hit on his fielding and hitting rates. Or if Beltre played less maybe his rates would notch up. BTW, Beltre already has 2015 games compared to 2038 for Rolen.

I left out SR's rookie year and last two years, and AB's rookie year in the comparisons).

SR -- AB (games played in hierarchical order) and difference between the two:

160 - 159 +1
156 - 158 -2
155 - 156 -1
154 - 156 -2
151 - 156 -5
142 - 156 -14
142 - 154 -12
133 - 152 -19
128 - 149 -21
128 - 143 -15
115 - 138 -23
112 - 126 -14
112 - 111 +1
056 - NA

They are bound to be compared to each other for years to come. Too bad 3B get so little support, they both should get in, and perhaps neither will.

Beltre is at 61.1 rWAR, 4 years younger than Rolen, and a lot healthier in general. Two more years of the 4.5-6.5 type War seasons he's been having, and he'll have Rolen.

HowFit
10-12-2012, 08:15 AM
Wish him best of luck!

jlohm1
10-12-2012, 05:10 PM
I really don't think Rolen's error cost the Reds the series...that was a group effort.

I in no way blame Rolen. the entire offense had multiple opportunistic to score run and they failed every time.

Rolen was a great player, and he belongs in Coopertown

RTL
10-12-2012, 05:22 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, if Rolen doesn't get hurt in the 2002 playoffs, the Cards go to the WS and win it. He was playing out of his mind defensively. He was making plays I have never seen before and he only played two games!! The Giants were very fortunate to have Rolen go down.

STL Don
10-13-2012, 01:42 AM
Other than Chipper Jones, he's been the best 3rd baseman in baseball over the past 10-15 years or so.
Has had the most reliant glove and arm in the field and had put up some serious numbers at the plate during his prime as well.

Jeffy25
10-13-2012, 01:48 AM
fun unknown about Rolen


Took the extra base successfully more than any other player for 7 years in a row. Very underrated base runner, and ball player.

******2017
10-13-2012, 01:53 AM
Mark Polishuk via MLBTR

:clap: to a great career. I'm glad that I can say he was a Red. I think he will make a great coach someday, If that's what he chooses to do. I think it's nice to see him retire quietly, unlike Chipper, to be honest.
Chipper had the right to announce it. If they know it's time to walk away it's great to know it from them. If they want to wait until it's all over they may be unsure of what the want to do. Neither one will play the Brett Favre card and drag it on and on and on and on for a few years to the point it's ****ing annoying. That's the kind of retirement I hate.

ESaady
10-13-2012, 04:29 AM
Sad to see Rolen go as well. All my favorite players growing up are retiring and it's kind of depressing. Wish he wasn't an oft-injured player, but I enjoyed seeing him play none the less. Good luck with your future Scotty!

JoeDirt05
10-13-2012, 12:13 PM
Cya Scott thanks for the ring in 06

Shlumpledink
10-14-2012, 03:28 AM
I remember once when they asked Tony LaRussa what would be the perfect game for him to watch/manage, and he said 27 ground balls to Scott Rolen.

scottythegreat1
10-14-2012, 10:51 AM
A Mammoth Burger and Fossil Fries wont be the same without Scott Rolen playing baseball.

Tkais9009
10-14-2012, 12:18 PM
damn i miss rolen not being on the dark side of the NL central ;)

great career

todu82
10-14-2012, 05:17 PM
Always liked Rolen. He won't make it to Cooperstown but kudos to a great career from him.

Halladay
10-15-2012, 05:45 AM
Glad he was a Jay for a little bit. The man is certainly near tha top all time defensively for third base men.

Pinstripe pride
10-15-2012, 09:04 AM
great career scott. enjoy retirment