Scott Rolen (48), who has won the Gold Glove Award 8 times, confessed that he felt tremendous pressure compared to his idol, Mike Schmidt.
On the 28th local time, ‘David Adler’ posted a somewhat interesting story on the Major League homepage. It re-examines the story of Scott Rolen, who was confirmed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, and contains his candid story. 스포츠토토
According to Adler, Rolen “was never going to be like Mike Schmidt when he was drafted by Philadelphia and went on to become one of the greatest players in franchise history.” Also, he said, “It was an overkill to be named by Philadelphia, but it was a huge pressure to be like Mike Schmidt.”
Moreover, when Rolen was active in full swing, Schmidt had already entered the Hall of Fame and remained as a ‘legend’. Fans hoped that he would grow into a player comparable to Schmidt, who was the best third baseman of all time, but Rolen himself felt the burden of this. Regarded as the best third baseman in history, Schmidt was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 with 2,234 hits, 548 home runs, 1,595 RBIs and a batting average of 0.267 in 18 seasons.
However, as Rolen was also inducted into the Hall of Fame this time, he was able to put down some of the pressure he felt during his active career. Rolen recorded 2,077 hits, 316 homers, 1,287 RBIs and a batting average of 0.281 in a career of 17 seasons through four teams: Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto, and Cincinnati. He recorded a low vote of 10.2% as he was eligible for the Hall of Fame nomination for the first time in 2018, but his inclusion was confirmed as he exceeded 75% of the vote for the first time in 6 moves (76.3% of the final vote).
Rolen became the only legend this season to be inducted into the Hall of Fame through a vote by the National Press Corps. Previously, Fred McGriff was confirmed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the unanimous vote of the veterans committee, so only Rolen and McGriff can participate in this year’s induction ceremony.