The Cincinnati Reds will be well represented on the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot. On Monday, the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot revealed that former Reds Scott Rolen and Bronson Arroyo will be up for election next year.
This will be the sixth time that Rolen has appeared on the ballot and the first for Arroyo. Rolen received 63.2% of the vote last year, with 75% necessary for enshrinement in Cooperstown. In order to stay on the ballot for at least one more year, Arroyo will need to receive at least 5% of the vote.
With players like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds no longer on the ballot, it'll be interesting to see how the writers vote this year. Todd Helton and Billy Wagner will be back on the ballot along with newcomers Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez.
Former Reds Scott Rolen and Bronson Arroyo on Hall of Fame ballot.
Scott Rolen, a longtime member of the St. Louis Cardinals, spent three seasons in the Queen City. As a member of the Cincinnati Reds, Rolen went to two All-Star Games and won his eighth and final Gold Glove Award.
For his career, Rolen hit .281 with 316 home runs and 1,287 RBIs. The third baseman won Rookie of the Year in 1997 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and went on to earn eight Gold Gloves, make seven All-Star appearances, and win a Silver Slugger.
Bronson Arroyo's resumé may not be as impressive as Rolen's, but his impact on the Reds franchise and the fanbase can still be felt throughout the city of Cincinnati. The right-hander was just elected to the Reds Hall of Fame and will be inducted next year.
Arroyo was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Wily Mo Peña. Arroyo immediately asserted himself as a key member of the Cincinnati Reds starting rotation, and was an absolute workhorse. Arroyo eclipsed 200 innings pitched in seven of his nine seasons in Cincinnati.