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Do you think Scott Rolen regrets requesting a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies? Rolen wished to play for a franchise that was committed to winning and willing to bring in marquee free agents.
The Phillies tried on numerous occasions to re-sign Rolen to a hefty contract but the third baseman refused. Fans may still become enraged by the name of Scott Rolen, but there is no denying that he was one of the finest infielders in Phillies history.
Rolen's range, arm, agility and quickness were all top-notch. His seven years in Philadelphia were solid from an offensive standpoint, but they were an absolute treat from the hot-corner. Rolen never had a season with a fielding percentage less than .948, and he has been called the greatest defensive third baseman of his generation by many experts.
Rolen had 78 errors over seven seasons with the Phillies and has compiled eight Gold Gloves over his career. Only Michael Jack Schmidt and Brooks Robinson have had more Gold Gloves at third base, with 10 and 16 respectively.
As much as it may pain Philadelphia to hear this, Scott Rolen may find himself in the Baseball Hall of Fame someday. He is 12th in career WAR for all third baseman ever with a +71.6, and a career batting line of .284/.369/.498 might do the trick.
It should be said that third base seems to be an under-valued position in the Hall of Fame as only 14 players have been elected to this point and Rolen has never been a factor in the playoffs. So maybe Philadelphia will get the last laugh with Rolen as he demanded a trade before the Phillies became the beasts in the National League East.