Rolen to Be Honored on Phillies Wall of Fame
The Phillies announced their 2023 Wall of Fame class on Tuesday morning. The Phillies will add three to the Wall of Fame in all. But one of them was a once-embattled player who left Philadelphia on negative terms.
The Phillies announced that third baseman Scott Rolen, former general manager John Quinn and former Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter.
Rolen is among the 2023 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. Best known for his defense, Rolen earned seven gold glove awards. Rolen is eighth all-time among third basemen with a career WAR of 70.1. 21.2 of that came on his defense during a 17-year career, according to Fangraphs.
Rolen spent eight season with the Phillies and played 844 of his 2038 games with the Phillies. He played 661 over six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rolen's exit from Philadelphia was not a pleasant one, and included a public rift with then-Phillies manager Larry Bowa. Constantly upset with the artificial turf of Veteran's Stadium and what he felt was a lack of an opportunity to win, Rolen did not wish to sign an extension with the Phillies as he approached free agency.
Tim Kelly of Phillies Nation noted that Rolen would have welcomed a trade back to Philadelphia in 2008. Imagine what could have been: an infield of Rolen, Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard. Rolen appeaed in two more All-Star games with the Reds.
In recent years, Rolen has made appearances around the Phillies team, visiting Clearwater Spring Training in 2014 and occasionally watching from the stands now and then in a much less formal capacity.
All is well between Rolen and the Phillies organization, who congratulated Rolen warmly on social media upon the announcement of his Hall of Fame election. He will now be recognized among the Phillies greats.
Quinn was Phillies general manager from 1959 - 1972. He was the architect of the 1964 Phillies team that famously missed the playoffs after a late-season slide. But he is also the executive who famously traded pitcher Rick Wise for Steve Carlton prior to the 1972 season.
Carpenter was the Phillies owner from that 1972 season through the 1980 season. He helped oversee, along with general manager Paul Owens, the rebuild of the Philadelphia Phillies that led to their first World Series Championship in 1980. Afterward, he sold the Phillies to an ownership group led by Phillies executive Bill Giles.
Phillies Wall of Fame night is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 against the Minnesota Twins at 6:05 p.m.