MLB Rumors: Did We Just Witness Scott Rolen’s Last At-Bat Of His Career?
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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