Recommendation: If the reports are true, Rolen's career will have come to a disappointing end, as he struck out with two runners on base to end the game and series in a 6-4 loss to the Giants on Thursday. That momentary lowlight won't tarnish an otherwise stellar career that included 2,077 hits, 316 homers, eight Gold Gloves, and seven All-Star Game appearances. Rolen's departure will clear up third base for Todd Frazier, who had a terrific rookie campaign despite receiving sporadic playing time when both Rolen and Joey Votto were healthy.
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Update: Rolen is preparing for retirement with the Reds' season now over, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports.