In this generation, Scott Rolen is one of the best defensive third basemen that has ever graced the game. Rolen has won eight Gold Glove awards and a Rookie of the Year award in 1997. He has played a great career, but during Thursday’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series, we might have witnessed the final at-bat of his 17-year career.
In the Cincinnati Reds‘ Game 5 loss to the San Francisco Giants, Rolen went 2-for-5 and did not score any runs. In his final at-bat, he struck out with two runners on base on a Sergio Romo slider. Rolen becomes the third person to strike out to end a postseason twice in a career, joining Omar Vizquel and Alex Rodriguez to accomplish the feat.
Rolen is at the end of a two-year contract he signed with the Reds in 2011. It would not be a shock if he retires from the game that has been good to him for 17 years. He is also on a Reds team that has a lot of highly talented infield prospects who could bounce him from the team.
If it is the last time we see Rolen on the field as a player, he leaves the game being one of the best to ever play it. He was never a big talker in the media and he played the game with hard-nosed determination as it should be played.
In his career, Rolen is batting .281/.364/.490 with 316 home runs and 1287 RBIs.
Rolen is 37 years old and has one World Series ring to his name.
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