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Misunderstood: Scott Rolen Left a Lasting Impression On Philadelphia

Scott Rolen in his days with the Phillies. (AP Photo)

Perhaps it was the clashing of personalities with manager Larry Bowa. Or maybe it was the comment made by front office member Dallas Green. Or maybe it was the desire to win that ended it all in Philadelphia.

Whatever the reason was, Scott Rolen wanted out in 2002.

For the next decade, Philadelphia fans would boo their once-lauded All-Star, Gold-Glove third baseman, yell obscenities at him and watch him go on to hav a successful career without Philadelphia. Why? Because they were hurt.

But maybe the fans were booing the wrong guy.

Rolen turned down a massive contract extension during the 2002 season, saying that it wasn’t money but the Phillies front office didn’t have an aggressive approach to building a winning team.

Fans got scared that the best position player in their team history since Mike Schmidt, another third baseman, was about to jump ship for greener pastures.

And it happened.

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Revisiting the Rolen Trade

Scott Rolen was drafted in 1993 as a can’t miss prospect.  He was supposed to be the next great Phillies third baseman, and etch his name right next to Mike Schmidt in Philadelphia lore.

However, it didn’t turn out as planned.  This summer will mark a decade since the player who was supposed to save the Phillies franchise was traded.

Let’s take a trip back to 2002. Heading into the season, Scott Rolen was a three time Gold Glover in his first five full seasons with the club and won the Rookie of the Year in 1997.

2001 was Rolen’s first season with the Phillies that they finished over .500 after failing to post more than 77 wins in any of his previous seasons. It seemed like Rolen was going to be a key part of the Phillies revival.

However, he rejected a 10-year, $140 million contract offer from the Phillies in the offseason and instead signed a one-year, $8.6 million deal.

Rolen criticized management for failing to have a commitment to winning. He also butted heads with manager Larry Bowa. Despite these issues, he made the All-Star team for the first time in his career.

But he was still unhappy. He requested a trade, and on July 29, 2002, the unthinkable happened. The Phillies’ best player, all-star franchise player was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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