St. Louis Cardinals’ Top 20 Hitters

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#13 – 3B Scott Rolen

If left to my own devices, I don’t think I would think of Scott Rolen as one of the best Cardinal hitters ever, over five seasons with St. Louis, the fiery third baseman hit 111 home runs while slashing .286/.370/.510, which gave him a 128 wRC+ and easily earns him a spot on this list.

Upon further investigation, I discovered that he also made the All-Star game four consecutive times from 2003 to 2006, and that he was a crucial piece of the puzzle in 2006’s World Series team, hitting .421/.476/.737 with three doubles and a home run in the Series itself. In short, for whatever reason, I’ve simply forgotten how good Rolen was with the Cardinals.

In particular, Scott Rolen absolutely crushed the ball for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004, slashing .314/.409/.598/ while mashing 34 home runs on his way to finishing 4th on the MVP ballot, which his 159 wRC+ nearly justified apart from his outstanding defense.

Although his time with the St. Louis Cardinals was relatively short, Rolen was a far better hitter than I remembered, and he certainly earned his number 13 spot on this list.

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