Eight-time Gold Glove third baseman Scott Rolen is the only player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the writers’ ballot

NEW YORK — Scott Rolen sits with his son in the parking lot outside South High School in Bloomington, Indiana, in 2018, waiting to coach elementary school kids in basketball and listening on the radio to his inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Church voting results.

“‘Dad, I think you’re going in,'” Rolen recalled 10-year-old Finn’s prediction.

Loren got 10.2% of the vote, double the bottom 5% to remain on the ballot next year but well below the 75% needed for the election.

“‘Did we win?'” Rolen remembers his son asking. “I said, ‘Oh, we won. Yes, we won.'”

Rolen came a long way in a few short years and was elected to the Hall on his sixth try Tuesday, the slick-fielding third baseman achieving baseball’s highest honor with five votes to spare.

A seven-time All-Star and eight-time Golden Glove winner, Loren was selected on 297 of the 389 votes cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America, or 76.3%. That made his modest 10.2% debut the lowest first-ballot percentage of a player later elected; Duke Snider’s mark in 1970 was 17%, and he voted in 1980 with 86.5% .

“I actually never in my life thought I was going to be a Hall of Fame baseball player,” Loren said. “I never thought I’d be drafted. I never thought I’d play in the majors. Never be anybody.”

Rolen will join Fred McGriff, who was selected last month by the Contemporary Baseball Times Committee last month, as a freshman in the Class of 2023 on July 23 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

First baseman Todd Helton was second with 281 votes (72.2 percent), and reliever Billy Wagner was third with 265 votes (68.1 percent). Helton, up from 52%, could have five more chances on the ballot, while Wagner, up from 51%, has two more chances.

Cardinals' Scott Rollen reacts after hitting an RBI single against the Tigers in Game 5 of the World Series in St. Louis, October 27, 2006.

Roren hit .281 for the Philadelphia Phillies (1996-2002), St. Louis Cardinals (2002-07), Toronto Blue Jays (2008-09) and Cincinnati Reds (2009-12), Hit 316 homers and 1,287 RBIs. He was unanimously named NL Rookie of the Year in 1997 and hit .421 as the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series.

His share of the Hall vote has risen steadily to 17.2% in 2019, 35.3% in 2020, 52.9% in 2021 and 63.2% last year.he doesn’t need to follow Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame Ballot Tracker This year.

“Every day my phone explodes from my son and my partner, and everyone tells me where it is,” Rolen said.

He was waiting at his Bloomington home Tuesday with his parents, wife, son, daughter, brother and his brother’s family — he was a runner-up to Mr. Basketball in Indiana in 1993.

“When the call came and I saw the Baseball Hall of Fame on my phone,” Loren said, “you looked around and it was like, this is really happening.”

They both cried, and after a few minutes Finn asked him to go out and throw a baseball.

“It’s 30 degrees here,” Rolen said. “It’s going to be about 12 inches of snow tomorrow and my son and I are playing catch in the driveway.”

They then took a short walk to his brother’s house to celebrate.

“I promised everyone a great steak no matter what, but I had to turn the tongs over,” says Lauren. “I usually grill for everyone, but now my brother-in-law is grilling.”

Loren played shortstop, second base, third base, right field, center, left and pitcher at Jasper High School before finishing third as a sophomore or junior. He’ll be the 18th third baseman in the Hall, the fewest of any position.

“Most guys who get to third base are probably shortstops,” former third baseman Chip Jones said in 2018. “As you get older and develop, you lose the shortstop position.”

On July 7, 2007 in St. Louis, Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen secured a grounder by reaching to his left hand.

Roren’s five-vote margin tied for the 12th-worst among the writers’ picks, and he finished 10th-worst.

Several others also saw big increases: Andrew Jones went from 41.1 percent to 58.1 percent, Gary Sheffield went from 40.6 percent to 55 percent in his penultimate appearance, and Jeff Kent went from 32.7 percent to 50 percent in his final year. 46.5%. Kent could be considered by the Contemporary Baseball Times Committee for years to come.

Players tainted by drug suspensions fell behind again. Alex Rodriguez went from 34.3 percent to 35.7 percent, and Manny Ramirez went from 28.9 percent to 33.2 percent.

Eight blank ballots were submitted by writers eligible to vote after 10 consecutive years of membership in the BBWAA.

Of the 14 players who voted for the first time, only two met the 5 percent threshold needed to continue consideration next year. Carlos Beltrán received 181 votes (46.5%), and his total may have been affected by his cheating scandal with the Houston Astros en route to the 2017 World Series title.

Backup pitcher Francisco Rodriguez received 42 votes (10.8%).

Next year’s first-time inductees include Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer, David Wright, José Bautista and Matt Holliday.

Rolen grinned during a Zoom call wearing an “E5” hat, the anachronistic name for his foundation that helps children and families cope with illness, hardship or special needs.

“I’ve had a little tightness in my chest all day,” he said. “It’s, wow, it’s true.”

389 votes cast, 292 votes needed

Scott Rollen 297 (76.35%), Todd Helton 281 (72.2), Billy Wagner 265 (68.1), Andrew Jones 226 (58.1), Gary Sheffield 214 (55.0), Card Los Beltran 181 (46.5), Jeff Kent 181 (46.5), Álex Rodríguez 139 (35.7), Manny Ramírez 129 (33.2), Omar Vizquel 76 (19.5), Andy Pettitte 66 (17.0), Bobby Abreu 60 (15.4), Jimmy Rollins 50 (12.9), Mark Buehrle 42 (10.8), Francisco Rodriguez 42 (10.8), Torii Hunter 27 (6.9).

Get less than 20 votes (less than 5%): Bronson Arroyo 1 (0.3), RA Dickey 1 (0.3), John Lackey 1 (0.3), Mike Napoli 1 (0.3), Huston Street 1 (0.3), Matt Cain 0, Jacoby Ellsbury 0, Andre Ethier 0, JJ Hardy 0 , Jhonny Peralta 0, Jered Weaver 0, Jayson Werth 0.