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    I miss Scott Rolen

    I don't mean on this 2014 team because we have an All-Star third baseman and there's a reason why Rolen is retired, but in general. He was just a joy to watch both at the plate and in the field and should be Cooperstown bound in my opinion given his position played. One can only wonder how much better he could have been if not for the injuries that plagued the second half of his Cardinals tenure.

    I only wish the Reds had acquired him years earlier.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    It seemed to me that he had an intense winning focus that at times seems to be missing on more recent teams.

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    in a reds uniform, not so much

    in general I agree
    everyone playing with him said it was great to have him and I think that he was a good impact to this ballclub (some players aswell) but his onfield production wasn´t that good (or fun to watch)
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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    I think his off field contributions will, and have, outlasted his on-field abilities to the Reds.

    The relationships he built with the players when he came over, seemed to mean a great deal to a group of young players trying to find their way in the Majors. From sitting in the dugout with Bruce when they were both on the DL, to what Phillips said Rolen told him about overly showboating( that Phillips could pimp his HRs all he wants, but that if he took one in the ribs because of it, they would have a talk), and BP seemed to respect that from him as well. Votto also talked a great deal about the effect Rolen had on him. To the generic team wide concepts of just going about your business, to the "need ya on third Brucie" team mantra.

    In general, I too wonder what could have been, but I also appreciate what was.

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    I only wish the Reds had acquired him years earlier.
    Like he had come here instead of St. Louis in the first place. Yeah. Ownership.
    "Even a bad day at the ballpark beats the snot out of most other good days. I'll take my scorecard and pencil and beer and hot dog and rage at the dips and cheer at the highs, but I'm not ever going to stop loving this game and this team and nobody will ever take that away from me." Roy Tucker October 2010

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Quote Originally Posted by dfs View Post
    Like he had come here instead of St. Louis in the first place. Yeah. Ownership.
    And still have held onto our top 5 prospects!
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    The injuries broke him down quick, but I'm glad we got to see a healthy Rolen there for half a season in 2010. Phillips, Votto, Rolen, and Bruce were just murder in middle of that lineup.

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Scott Rolen was an asset to the Reds, both on and off the field. While he chose the right time to retire, quality people are always missed. I hope that if he ever decides to get back in game in a coaching or front office capacity, he will do so with the Reds. Hopefully he will also make a return appearance at GABP some time. The fans never really got the chance to say goodbye, and many of them would like to show their appreciation.
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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    And still have held onto our top 5 prospects!
    I might've asked you this before but what year is that absurd quote from? I'd love to see a list of the Reds top thirty prospects from said season.
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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    I liked that he was just a calm, quiet professional. He wasn't one to show you up at the plate (like Gomez or Puig). He didn't pimp a homerun... he didn't scream when you struck him out. He just played the game. Some might call that robotic - I call it professional.
    I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher.
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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Remember when he struck out on a hanging slider to complete one of the biggest choke jobs in baseball history?
    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
    Let's face it, you mis-hit the bun with the mustard squirter, no one will really care.

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    Remember when he struck out on a hanging slider to complete one of the biggest choke jobs in baseball history?
    How about a couple of hangers that Jay Bruce fouled away in the prior at bat?

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    Remember when he struck out on a hanging slider to complete one of the biggest choke jobs in baseball history?
    Really?

    Freaking sad that you need to cite that one instance of failure in the thousands of ones that he had in this thread.

    Welcome to baseball, we could all do the same for every player.

    Time and place, time and place.

    And this isn't it.

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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Really?

    Freaking sad that you need to cite that one instance of failure in the thousands of ones that he had in this thread.

    Welcome to baseball, we could all do the same for every player.

    Time and place, time and place.

    And this isn't it.
    I didn't realize the man is dead.
    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
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    Re: I miss Scott Rolen

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    I didn't realize the man is dead.
    I didn't realize every thread about something good needed to be taken down a path that is about the other side of good either.

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