New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter has congratulated Scott Rolen for being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, welcoming another infielder to Cooperstown.
Scott Rolen was the only player on the ballot who received enough votes to become part of MLB’s 2023 Hall of Fame class. Shortly after the news was announced, Jeter made it a point to applaud the third baseman for receiving the honor that so few baseball players are able to attain.
Congratulations Scott! Welcome to Cooperstown. https://t.co/XDKWOjDw9z
— Derek Jeter (@derekjeter) January 24, 2023
“Congratulations Scott!” Jeter said on Twitter. “Welcome to Cooperstown.”
Although they spent almost the entirety of their careers in opposite leagues, Jeter and Rolen were peers for nearly two decades. Jeter won the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year award for the Yankees in the same season that Rolen made his major-league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies.
In his first full season, Rolen won the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year award for Philadelphia. The third baseman played his final MLB game in 2012, two years before Jeter would call it quits.
Rolen received a vote on 76.3% of the ballots, putting him just ahead of the 75% threshold needed to make the Hall of Fame. It took Rolen six tries to finally get elected. Jeter headlined the 2020 class with 99.74% of the votes, falling one vote shy of being a unanimous selection.
During his 17-year career, Rolen won eight Gold Gloves and was selected to seven All-Star teams. Rolen won the 2006 World Series as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, to which he was traded after spending the first six and a half seasons in Philadelphia.
Rolen spent time with the Phillies, Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.