The Phillies will bestow one of the team’s highest honors upon Scott Rolen, an eight-time Gold Glove third baseman and seven-time All-Star, as he is inducted into the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame before Friday’s game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Rolen will be the newest member of the Class of 2023, joining John Quinn and Ruly Carpenter who were inducted posthumously this past August during Toyota Phillies Alumni Weekend.
The festivities for the Toyota Scott Rolen Wall of Fame Salute will begin at 6:20 p.m. with the on-field introductions of Phillies Wall of Famers. Participants (subject to change) include Bobby Abreu, Larry Bowa, John Kruk, Mike Lieberthal, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox and Jim Thome. Many of Rolen’s former teammates will also be in attendance.
Fellow Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will speak before Rolen’s plaque is officially unveiled at the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame. Highlights also include a special presentation by Phillies Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer John Middleton.
Rolen, who spent parts of the first seven seasons of his 17-year major league career with the Phillies, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this past January and enshrined into Cooperstown on July 23. A second-round draft pick of the Phillies in 1993, Rolen debuted in the majors in August 1996. During his time in Philadelphia, he hit .282 with a .373 on-base percentage and a .504 slugging percentage. He had 207 doubles, 150 home runs, 559 RBI, 426 walks, 533 runs and 71 stolen bases as a Phillie.
The highlight of Rolen’s tenure with the Phillies came in 1997 when he was the unanimous choice as National League Rookie of the Year. He was the first Phillie to win that honor since another young third baseman – Dick Allen – did so in 1964. A brilliant defender, Rolen earned four of his Gold Gloves as a Phillie, the first as a 23-year-old in 1998. He hit .290 with 45 doubles, 31 home runs, 110 RBI and a .923 OPS while playing in 160 games for the Phillies that season.
Rolen moved on to St. Louis in 2002 and later played in Toronto and Cincinnati. He won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2006. He finished his career with a .281 batting average, 517 doubles, 43 triples, 316 home runs, 1,287 RBI, 899 walks, 1,211 runs, 118 steals and an .855 OPS in 2,038 games. His 70.1 bWAR during his career ranked sixth in baseball in that span, trailing only Alex Rodriguez (116.4), Albert Pujols (91.5), Barry Bonds (88.8), Chipper Jones (82.4) and Derek Jeter (73.2).
Tickets for the Toyota Scott Rolen Wall of Fame Salute are available at phillies.com. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early for the pregame ceremony, which will be streamed live on Phillies social media (Facebook and X/Twitter), as well as phillies.com.
ABOUT THE TOYOTA PHILLIES WALL OF FAME
The Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame honors Phillies alumni and is located in the Left Field Plaza behind the scoreboard building at Citizens Bank Park. Click here to see a list of former Phillies greats who were past Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame inductees.