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IU baseball director of player development misses Hall of Fame for second year in a row

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IU Baseball Director of Player Development Scott Rolen will have to wait at least one more year to hear his named called to Cooperstown, New York.

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced their 2019 Hall of Fame Class on Tuesday. It included Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mariano Rivera. Rivera became the first inductee to receive 100 percent of votes on one ballot. 

To be selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, players need to receive 75 percent of the vote. Rolen, in his second year on the ballot, received 17.2% percent of votes, up seven percent from the year before.

During his career, Rolen was an eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time National League All-Star with the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds. He also won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2006.

Rolen was born in Evansville, Indiana. He played baseball, basketball and tennis at Jasper High School, where he won Mr. Baseball and was runner-up for Mr. Basketball in 1999 before being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rolen was recently named to Jeff Mercer’s first coaching squad in Bloomington as the Director of Player Development. Rolen has been heavily involved in the travel baseball scene in Indiana with the Indiana Bulls program. 

Rolen will have eight more cycles to earn a spot in Cooperstown.

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