Scott Rolen's Top 10 Defensive Gems

Ian HunterCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 06:  Scott Rolen #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws to first base for an out against the New York Yankees on July 6, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Even though he only spent a season and a half with the Toronto Blue Jays, Scott Rolen made a lasting impression with this team thanks to his constant dazzling plays on the third base side.

It's a shame that Rolen wasn't able to finish his tenure with the Blue Jays, but he will always be appreciated and remembered for his knack for timely hitting and incredible Gold Glove defense.

As a tribute to the GBOAT, let's take a look at Scott Rolen's Top 10 Defensive Gems during his time with the Blue Jays.

10.) June 29, 2008 vs. Atlanta Braves—With the Blue Jays protecting a slim 1-0 lead and a runner on, Rolen makes easy work of a short hop infield ball and gets the out.

9.) May 21, 2008 vs. Los Angeles Angels—Occasionally, Scott Rolen didn't even need to rely on a glove to make the play. Rolen hustles and bare hands an infield grounder to get his pitcher out of a jam.

8.) July 26, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay Rays—An ordinary man might be disoriented after spinning around, but Scott Rolen twists and makes the throw from his knees for another highlight reel play.

7.) June 25, 2009 vs. Cincinnati Reds—It's rumoured that the Tomahawk cruise missiles were designed after the accuracy of Scott Rolen's throwing arm. In this defensive gem, Rolen tosses to Overbay from one knee and still makes the play.

6.) July 10, 2008 vs. Baltimore Orioles—In this dazzler from 2008, Rolen dives over the third base line, stealing extra bases away from Nick Markakis while throwing him out from his knees across the diamond.

5.) May 18, 2009 vs. Chicago White Sox—Scott Rolen showed that he was deadly from his feet and his knees, reaching across the line and tossing this one-hopper to get the out.

4.) May 14, 2009 vs. New York Yankees—Perfectly positioned on this play, Rolen tracks down this ball just inches above the ground to steal a double away from Alex Rodriguez.

3.) May 3, 2009 vs. Baltimore Orioles— At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Rolen displays he is one of the most agile "big men" of the infield as he leaps across the grass to snag this liner.

2.) June 24, 2009 vs. Cincinnati Reds—This is the infamous "climbing the ladder" play where Scott leapt to unreachable heights to pull down a line drive.

1.) July 18, 2009 vs. Boston Red Sox—Although Rolen's position is third base, there is no territory that is unfamiliar to him on the field. With the defensive shift on, Rolen basically positioned at shortstop and makes the diving stab.