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When a 22-year-old third baseman named Scott Rolen burst onto the scene in 1997 by winning the NL Rookie of the Year award, he won over the fans who followed the Phillies during some of the franchise’s darkest days. For the next four years, the youngster with such promise was compared to one man and one man only: Michael Jack Schmidt, the best third baseman in baseball history and the greatest player ever to wear a Phillies uniform. Flash forward to 2010: Rolen returned to town this weekend as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, and Phillie fans welcomed him back home in the exact same way they have since 2002. Scott Rolen was one of the finest players in Phillies history. Too bad he’ll never be remembered like that. For Rolen, where did it all go so wrong? After all, Rolen was a ...

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