Scott Rolen Aug 24, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals former third baseman Scott Rolen waves to fans after he was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame prior to a game against the Colorado Rockies during an MLB Players’ Weekend game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Rolen and Todd Helton were both big-time Major League Baseball players during their 17-year careers. While Rolen was a seven-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove winner, and World Series champion, Helton won a batting title, three Gold Gloves, and was named an All-Star five times.

When the 2023 BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame voting results were announced on Tuesday however, Rolen was in but Helton just missed the cut.

Rolan, who played mostly for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, will now head to the Baseball Hall of Fame after narrowly reaching the mandatory 75% threshold at 76.3%. Meanwhile, Helton, who spent his entire career with the Colorado Rockies, fell short by 11 votes at 72.2%.

Rolen will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Contemporary Era electee Fred McGriff, who was voted in unanimously.

The good news for Helton is that he’ll likely make the cut next year. Some other players who will potentially join him next year include reliever Billy Wagner (68.1% of the vote), outfielder Andruw Jones (58.1%), and outfielder Gary Sheffield (55%).

It’s been a long road here for Rolen, who received just 10.2% of the votes in his first year on the ballot in 2018.

The MLB world had some strong reactions to the news that Scott Rolen is now a Hall-of-Famer while Todd Helton just missed the cut.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to