Major League Baseball announced last night that the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) has voted Scott Rolen -into the Hall of Fame, making him the only candidate to make the grade in the BBWAA vote.
Fred McGriff previously was a unanimous choice of the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee to join the Hall. Both Rolen and McGriff will be inducted into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York, in late July.
Rolen, in a 17 year career with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds, was an eight-time Gold Glove winner, seven-time All-Star and the 1997 National League Rookie of the Year, with a .281 lifetime batting average, 2,077 hits, 316 home runs, and 1,287 RBIs.
McGriff played for six different teams in his career - the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers - and was a five-time All-Star, twice was the season home run leader (once in each league). McGriff had a lifetime batting average of .284, and accumulated 2,490 hits, 493 home runs, and 1,550 RBIs.