Phillies Wall of Fame: 5 candidates for 2019 induction

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 29: Brad Lidge #54 (L) and Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate the final out of their 4-3 win to win the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the continuation of game five of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 29, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 29: Brad Lidge #54 (L) and Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate the final out of their 4-3 win to win the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the continuation of game five of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 29, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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18 Jul 1998: Infielder Scott Rolen #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the Phillies 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport
18 Jul 1998: Infielder Scott Rolen #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the Phillies 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport /

Scott Rolen

A contentious relationship with the Philadelphia fan base has prevented Scott Rolen from becoming known as an all-time great in Phillies history. A borderline Hall of Famer, Rolen won Rookie of the Year in 1997 and spent parts of 7 of his 17 seasons in Philadelphia.

Vocally unhappy with ownership’s commitment towards winning, Rolen demanded a trade and was shipped to St. Louis in 2002. Lost was an opportunity for him to be a legend in this town as he went on to collect over 2,000 hits, 300 home runs, and eight Gold Gloves.

The response to Rolen being named a Wall of Famer is unknown given the time passed since his dispute. Despite this history, he shouldn’t be overlooked as one of the best players of the early 2000s who played more than his fair share of games in Philadelphia.

I’m not going to rail on this guy, but that’s an ill-informed statement that comes with the Rolen blindness. Rolen played twice as many games as recent inductees Roy Halladay and Jim Thome combined. While his numbers don’t match the Pat Burrell or Mike Lieberthal’s of the Wall, Rolen is an obvious candidate.

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