Former New York Mets All-Star catcher Paul Lo Duca took to Twitter on Wednesday slamming the Hall of Fame election process following the announcement that Scott Rolen is the lone inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2023 through the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Rolen, who received 76.1 percent of the vote just five years after receiving 10.2 percent of the vote in 2018, should have part of the Hall of Very Good, in all honestly, as Lo Duca says below.
It is nice to hear from a voice of reason, who gave us indelible facial expressions as a Met, but seems to focus more on the ponies than the pros.
Former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca says Scott Rolen being in the Hall of Fame means Adrian Beltre is a slam dunk Hall of Famer
Scott Rolen batted .281 throughout his career, with 2,077 hits, 517 doubles (52nd all-time), 316 home runs, 1,287 RBI's, 70.1 career WAR, eight Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger as third base, and just one top-10 finish.
Adrian Beltre, on the other hand, had a much more accomplished career than Rolen. Beltre retired as one of the 40 most prolific hitters ever Beltre was a career .286 hitter, with 3,166 hits (17th all-time), 636 doubles (11th), 477 home runs (31st), 1,707 RBI's (25th), 93.5 WAR (40th), five Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers at third base, and has six top-10 MVP finishes in his career, including finishing 2nd to Barry Bonds in the 2004 National League balloting.
Beltre is first eligible for the Hall of Fame balloting next year as it comes six years following his retirement, but Beltre's family should already be booking hotel rooms for Cooperstown for next summer as he has to get in on the first ballot, and he will be. Other notable players who will be on the ballot for the first time next year as well include David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Bartolo Colon.