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Scott Rolen might be done

May 19, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the insight:

There is no timetable for injured veteran third baseman Scott Rolen‘s return to the Reds, and there seems to be an uncertainty now whether he will be able to make it back at all.

“I really don’t know” is how Reds manager Dusty Baker responded when asked Saturday about Rolen’s status.

The 37-year-old has battled shoulder issues since his early-30s and was struggling to the tune of a .174/.238/.304 batting line through 101 plate appearances this season. His 17-year career might be over.

Todd Frazier has taken over at the hot corner in Cincinnati. He has a cool .916 OPS in 20 games.

  1. Brian Murphy - May 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    That would suck. Marred by injuries too often, but still a great, great player.

    • sasquash20 - May 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Great player he is not. Good player who played the game the way it should be played though. Complete douche bag of a human being though.

      • thefalcon123 - May 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Definately one of the 15 greatest thirdbasemen to every play the game. Probably would have been a sure-fire hall of famer had it not been for that seemingly innocuous collision in 2005 that ended up totally fucking up his shoulder for good (he may still be one anyway).

        A third baseman with a career 122 OPS+ in 8200 PAs and 8 gold gloves seems pretty great to me.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        Sashquash: “Complete douche bag?”
        You obviously don’t know your ass from a hole on the ground.
        He regularly hit at the local Baseball building in the town I grew up in.
        I happen to know of a family who’s son died of Cancer at a very young age.
        Scott Rolen did more for this family (and the kids a Riley Hospital) in Indianapolis than your ignorant ass will every understand. And he’s still doing it.
        He’s a class act. Something else that is also foreign to you.

  2. hfspodcast - May 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I stated this on our show this week there was a chance his career might be over, not due to any insider knowledge but due to the fact he’s 37 and had 4 shoulder surgeries.
    He’s had a great career and is someone who if he wanted to could do whatever he wanted in the game, scouting, coaching, managing you name it this guy could do it.
    I still hold out hope he can make a short comeback later this year so he can go out on his terms.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I remember when he played for the Jays. He had to revamp his swing because of injuries. He was a total professional during his time in Toronto.

  4. dondada10 - May 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Hall of Famer? I say no, but I’ve seen compelling arguments made in his favor.

  5. astrosfan75956 - May 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    He’s been “done” quite a while.

  6. blues1988 - May 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    rolen and wood it the same week, sad day for 2 players who have spent a whole career battling injuries. cards fan here and i have much respect for both of em. they both could have been hall of famers

  7. chew1985 - May 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    As a lifelong Phillies fan, it has always struck me how similar Rolen’s career path was to Dick Allen’s in Philly and after Philly. Both were 3rd basemen who won Rookie of the Year Awards when they came up, granted different personal situations, different ways they handled it, but almost the same statistical result. Rolen was known for a collection of gold gloves and Allen for 40 ounce bat he handled like a wiffle bat. And the injuries each endured…many don’t know how much shoulder injuries and a broken leg curtailed Allen’s effectiveness in his later years.

    Rolen never returned to town as Allen did but it was obvious when Allen came back in 1975 that he was not the same player. I got the same feeling about Rolen for at least a week during the Phillies/Reds postseason play in 2010–injuries had even by then affected his play. Rolen got a ring by leaving town and Allen won an MVP award. Both were underappreciated and if they had stayed, Philadelphia baseball would have a more worthy and noble history.

    • purnellmeagrejr - May 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      ALwqays thought Dick ALllen was very intimidating at the plate. It coldn’t have beeen alll the bat.

  8. metalhead65 - May 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    sad to say but I hope for the reds sake he does not try and comeback. a manager who knows what he is doing would handle rolen the right way if he did come back and that would be as a late inning defensive replacement or ocasional pinch hitter and good clubhouse presence. dusty will have him as his starting 3rd baseman and batting cleanup until his shoulder falls off.

    • metalhead65 - May 20, 2012 at 1:22 AM

      obviously you people do not follow the reds or you would know this statement is true. he did it before he went on the dl and would do the same thing again if he came back until he got hot,then he would have to sit of course.

  9. thefalcon123 - May 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    On May 10th, 2005, Hee Seop Choi bumped into Rolen while running into third base. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal at the time, at all. But, he ended up with a torn labrum and was never the same. He had a couple more good years, 2006 and 2010 come to mind. But after that bump, he was constantly on and off the DL with shoulder problems and never hit with the same amount of power.

    With his bat and glove, I have no doubt he would have been a sure-fire HOFer had that injury not derailed him (as sure-fire as any none 500 HR/3000 hit guy can be).

  10. genericcommenter - May 20, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Generally, Hall of Fame players at least lead the league in some statistic once during a 15 year career. He wasn’t much of a “gray ink” guy either. He was a good player- had a lot of .280/20/80 seasons, and won a string of Gold gloves. Had 1 season that really stands out. Consistent production for a decade, but not a HOF-er. Twice he was considered one of the top 20 most valuable players in the league. His ROY season was pretty much his average season for his career. That makes for a solid career and over $100 million, but not greatness. A lot of similar players were far from serious consideration.

  11. proudliberal85392 - May 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    A very good player who would definitely be missed.

  12. callmecynical - May 20, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Rolen is extraordinarily consistent 3rd basemen and can hit when healthy for both power and average. With that said, I dare say the minds of the Reds may have seen this coming by developing and keeping Frazier. I have watched a number of great 3rd basemen throughout the past 40 years. Rolen is good, but he doesn’t compare to Brooks, Pete, Mike et al. It is unfortunate that his injuries have precluded his potential, but that is the game. He has done a remarkable job of providing leadership to a young Reds team on their way back. That to me is enough to me to deserve consideration for the Cinci HOF.

    • hoopmatch - May 20, 2012 at 5:24 AM

      I know Brooks is Robinson and Mike is Schmidt, but who is Pete?

  13. vallewho - May 20, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    def top 53 :rolleyes:

  14. mungman69 - May 20, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    Philly owners treated him like crap. A great player. Hall of fame, I dunno.

    • seahawks19081 - May 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      He treated the fans like crap by demanding a trade because he did not want to play on turf. Eff him.

  15. bigtrav425 - May 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    good ssolid player but No HoFer..but then again neither was Jim Rice….but he did play the game the right way and love it about any player

  16. droopyyydog1 - May 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Sad to see him go if that is the case because he has been noting but a pro in Cincy and a great veteran leader needed to help guide Votto, Phillips and Bruce etc.

    No onto to the Youklis to the Reds rumors that are sure to follow.

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