Rolen highlights Hall of Fame class

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Scott Rolen, pictured here playing for the Cincinnati Reds late in his MLB career, was selected as one of the five inductees in the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame's 2019 class. Rolen, a Jasper native and Wildcat baseball alum, finished his professional career with an abundance of accolades and now works with the Indiana University baseball program.

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper native and Wildcat baseball alum Scott Rolen was selected as one of five inductees in the Indiana High School Baseball Association’s 2019 Hall of Fame class.

Joining Rolen in this year’s class is coach Pat O’Neil (Danville/Brownsburg/Fountain Central), contributor Bob Schellinger (South Central) as well as two Veteran’s Committee selections — Cy Williams (player) and Ron McClain (contributor).

Rolen graduated from Jasper High School in 1993 where he won the Indiana Mr. Baseball award and was also the runner-up for the Indiana Mr. Basketball award. He was a two-time first team All-State player in baseball and also a South All-Star.

He decided to forgo a basketball scholarship with the University of Georgia when the Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the second round of the 1993 draft.

During his prolific MLB career, Rolen received several accolades. He was the 1997 National League Rookie of the Year, he won eight Gold Glove awards (third most among all third basemen), seven All-Star appearances, Silver Slugger award winner and is on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot.

Rolen played in the Major Leagues with the Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. He finished his career with 2,077 hits, a .281 batting average, 316 home runs and 1,287 RBIs. He’s one of only four third basemen with 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,200 RBIs and the other three are in the MLB Hall of Fame (Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Chipper Jones).

In 2018, Rolen was named the director of player development with the Indiana University baseball program.

The 2019 class will be part of the three-day IHSBCA state clinc on January 17-19 at the Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis. Banquet tickets are $45 and are available by contacting Hall of Fame Chairman Jeff McKeon at 317-445-9899 or jmckeon@plainfield.k12.in.us.




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