Scott Rolen will join Fred McGriff as the only members of the Class of 2023 at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The long-time National League infielder polled 76.3 per cent – just over the minimum 75 per cent needed for election – in the annual vote of the Baseball Writers Association of America, announced Tuesday at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Although he was the lone electee, four others finished above 50 per cent, putting them in stronger contention for Cooperstown berths next year.
Todd Helton finished with 72.2 per cent, 11 votes short, while Billy Wagner had 68 per cent, Andruw Jones had 58.1 per cent, and Gary Sheffield wound up with 55 per cent. All four were up significantly from their 2022 vote totals.
Helton’s percentage went up by 20 points over last year. Rolen, in his sixth year on the