What Scott Rolen's induction means for other HOF hopefuls, plus American Tommy Paul reaches Aussie Open semis

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The wait is over and the meteoric increase is total for Scott Rolen. He is heading to the Baseball Hall of Fame after his 6th year on the tally. He’ll sign up with Fred McGriff, who was enacted by the Contemporary Era Committee in December, in the two-man 2023 class.

  • Over his 17-year profession with the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds, Rolen acquired 7 All-Star Game nods, 8 Gold Gloves, the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year and the 2001 Silver Slugger. He likewise won the 2006 World Series with St. Louis.
  • Rolen’s 70.1 profession WAR is 10th all-time amongst 3rd basemen.
  • Rolen got simply 10.2% of the vote his very first year on the tally, most affordable ever by a gamer ultimately voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He gotten 76.3 percent this time around, 5 votes above the 75 percent limit.

Rolen is not sure whether he’ll pick a Phillies or Cardinals hat for his plaque… or if he’ll have no logo design at all. With ten years eligibility readily available to gamers, it’s not everything about who makes it. Gaining votes is a substantial story, too — as apparent by Rolen’s story — and a number of significant names succeeded there:

  • Todd Helton — 72.2 percent (11 votes shy of induction) in 5th year
  • Billy Wagner — 68.1 percent in 8th year
  • Andruw Jones — 58.1 percent in 6th year

Carlos Beltrán amassed 46.5 percent of the vote in his very first year on the tally, typically a strong number however, in this case, one made complex by his function in the Astros‘ unfaithful scandal. Where Beltrán’s vote share goes from here will be among the greatest stories of the 2024 tally, and our Matt Snyder analyzed what that tally will appear like here.

As for active gamers with Hall-of-Fame possible, Matt had a look at more than 50 names and kept in mind 7 locks, consisting of Mike Trout. Here are all of Matt’s takeaways from this year’s vote.

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Not so respectable points out

Bill O’Brien is Patriots’ brand-new OC, leaving Alabama with another substantial hole 🏈

Bill O’Brien is heading back to the NFL, filling a huge requirement for among the league’s premier franchises and leaving huge shoes to fill at one of college football’s premier programs. On Tuesday, O’Brien consented to end up being the Patriots‘ offending organizer, the very same function he had actually filled for Alabama over the previous 2 seasons.

This was a vital hire for New England, and O’Brien’s performance history — particularly with Bill Belichick — promotes itself.

  • O’Brien invested 2007-11 with the Patriots, working his method up from offending assistant to offending organizer. The Patriots went 64-16 throughout those 5 seasons and ranked initially in scoring offense and 2nd in overall offense.
  • O’Brien then invested 2 years as Penn State‘s head coach prior to going back to the NFL with the Texans. He collected a 52-48 record in Houston — the only coach in franchise history to end up with a winning record — however was fired after an 0-4 start to the 2020 season.
  • During O’Brien’s time at Alabama, the Crimson Tide ranked in the leading 5 in lawns per video game, points per video game and goals, and he coached Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young.

Now, he’ll be charged with assisting another previous Alabama quarterback — Mac Jones — take a huge leap after an attempting 2nd season. The Patriots’ offense balanced simply 18.2 points in 2022 and was the league’s worst red zone group.

As for the other hand, Nick Saban now should change both organizers in the very same offseason for the 5th time in his Alabama period (protective organizer Pete Goulding left for the very same position at Ole Miss previously this month). Add that to stars like Young and Will Anderson Jr. leaving for the NFL, and Saban has his work cut out for him, composes our David Cobb.

Potential landing areas for Aaron Rodgers with Packers anticipated to check out trades 🏈 


It’s appearing like a 3rd straight offseason of speculation concerning whether Aaron Rodgers will play once again — and where he’ll play if he does. According to reports, the Packers are anticipated to a minimum of think about trading Rodgers this offseason, with Jordan Love getting closer to being prepared to take control of in Green Bay.

There’d be no scarcity of possible suitors for the four-time MVP, composes our Cody Benjamin, who notes 9 groups that might be interested. A Hall-of-Fame icon from among those 9 has currently provided his recommendation.

Mike Clevinger implicated of domestic violence, under MLB examination ⚾

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White Sox starter Mike Clevinger is under MLB examination after accusations of domestic violence and kid abuse from Olivia Finestead, the mom of Clevinger’s 10-month-old child.

On her Instagramp age, Finestead in-depth a number of supposed occurrences, consisting of Clevinger choking her last June when he was with the Padres. Weeks later on, according to Finestead, Clevinger slapped her and tossed utilized chewing tobacco at their kid.

  • Clevinger consented to a one-year, $12-million offer with the White Sox in November. The group ended up being mindful of the accusations after the offer.
  • The league’s jointly negotiated domestic violence, sexual attack, and kid abuse policy enables commissioner Rob Manfred to discipline gamers despite criminal charges.
  • Seventeen gamers have actually been suspended under that policy given that it entered result in 2015.

Tommy Paul, unseeded American, enjoys the Australian Open semifinal 🎾

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No American guy has actually won a Grand Slam given that Andy Roddick at the 2003 United States Open. Tommy Paul is 2 matches from altering that after beating fellow American Ben Shelton in the Australian Open quarterfinal, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, late last night. Paul will deal with Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.

The trio of Paul, 25, Shelton, 20 and Sebastian Korda, 22, led a strong proving by the American males Down Under. It was the very first time 3 American males made a Grand Slam quarterfinal given that Andre Agassi, Robby Ginepri and James Blake did so at the 2005 United States Open.

Paul is presently 35th in ATP Rankings and has actually been as high as 28. Shelton, on the other hand, is 89th on the planet and simply months eliminated from winning the 2022 NCAA songs champion at Florida.

What we’re seeing Wednesday 📺

🏀 No. 13 Xavier at No. 19 UConn, 6:30 p.m. on FS1
🏀 Nets at 76ers, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Grizzlies at Warriors, 10 p.m. on ESPN
USMNT vs. Serbia, 10 p.m. on HBO Max, Peacock

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