07/10/11 1:01 AM ET
Rolen replaces Chipper on NL All-Star roster
By Audrey Snyder / MLB.com
"It's an honor. It's an honor every time no question," Rolen said. "Chipper's so old, they upgraded in age and youth, so they brought some youth into the team -- speed and youth."
Jones was placed on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his right knee, which paved the way for Rolen, who was the second-highest third baseman on the NL Player Ballot. The selection is Rolen's seventh in his 16-year career. He was also a member of the NL All-Star team every year from 2002-2006 and earned the nod again in 2010.
Rolen went 1-for-5 and left nine men on base during the Reds' 8-4, 10-inning win over the Brewers on Saturday night. He heads into the final game before the break batting .248 with five home runs, 37 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Along with being a mainstay in the All-Star lineup for most of the past decade, the eight-time Gold Glove Award winner is also on the verge of joining an exclusive club of third basemen who have at least 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,200 RBIs. After a 10th-inning double, Rolen is now just one double shy of joining Jones and Hall of Famer George Brett in that club.
Rolen said he plans to fly back to Indiana after Sunday's game and meet up with his family, who will fly with him to Phoenix on Monday. He said he plans to have his children on the field with him before the game, something he hopes they will remember now that they are a little older.
"My daughter cried the first time when I told her, because she didn't think I'd come home for the All-Star break," he said. "Then when I told her I think she was better. She said, 'Daddy, I am happy for you,' even though she was crying."
In his previous All-Star Games Rolen has gone 3-for-8 (.375), and he joins teammates Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce as the Reds' All-Star selections.
"You don't take anything for granted," he said. "Obviously, it was an honor for Chipper to make it, and it's great to be next in line."
Audrey Snyder is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.