Inductee — Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen

Class of 2019

Birthplace: Indiana

Player

Biography:

Scott Rolen is a 1993 graduate of Jasper HS where he won the Indiana Mr. Baseball Award and was runner-up for the Indiana Mr. Basketball Award. He was a two-time first team All-State player in baseball and a South All-Star. He decided to forgo a basketball scholarship to the University of Georgia when the
Phillies drafted him in the 2nd round of the 1993 draft. In 1997, Scott was named National League Rookie of the Year. In 1998, he won his first of 8 Gold Gloves and only 2 third baseman have more (Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10)).

On July 29, 2002 Rolen was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. 2004 with the Cardinals saw Rolen enjoy his best season in the big leagues with a .314 BA, 34 HR, and 124 RBI. He was a member of the 2006 Cardinals that won the World Championship versus the Detroit Tigers. He was a 7-time all-star, a silver slugger award winner, and is on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot. He also played for the Blue Jays and Reds and finished his career with 2077 hits, a .281 BA, 316 HR and 1287 RBI and he is one of 4 third baseman with 2000 hits, 500 2B, 300 HR, and 1200 RBI. The other three (Mike Schmidt, George Brett, and Chipper Jones) are all in the MLB HOF.

In 1999, Scott created the Enis Furley Foundation to help children and their families who struggle with illness, hardship, and other special needs. In July 2018, he was named director of player development for the Indiana University baseball program. He and his wife Niki have two children: a daughter Raine and a son Finn.