NEW YORK — Two former Mets made their share of noise in voting for the Hall of Fame Class of 2023, however neither can be enshrined in Cooperstown — not less than not but. Meanwhile, a 3rd former Met is off the poll for good.
Carlos Beltrán earned 46.5 % of the vote in his first yr of eligibility, in accordance with results launched on Tuesday night, whereas returnee Billy Wagner acquired 68.1 %. Jeff Kent acquired simply 46.5 % of the vote in his tenth and remaining yr of eligibility, and can fall off the poll.
Three-quarters of the vote is required for induction.
Beltrán’s case is a polarizing one, as he spent twenty years as one of essentially the most completed all-around gamers of his technology. His 70.1 profession bWAR falls just under the typical for Hall of Fame middle fielders, immediately behind Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey Jr. and Joe DiMaggio, and forward of Duke Snider and Andre Dawson. Beltrán is one of solely 5 gamers at any place to amass not less than 400 dwelling runs and 300 steals, together with Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodríguez and Dawson.
But like Bonds and Rodríguez, Beltrán’s Hall of Fame case has been weakened by an exterior issue: his implication within the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal. Beltrán was the one participant named in Major League Baseball’s report, and though he was not suspended by the league or made ineligible for Cooperstown, his involvement prompted the Mets to half methods with him as supervisor lower than three months after naming him to that put up. He has not been employed by a group since.
Beltrán is the primary member of the 2017 Astros to be thought-about for the Hall, though his tenure in Houston represented solely a small portion of his profession. He spent his first seven seasons in Kansas City and one other seven in Queens, successful the 1999 Rookie of the Year Award with the Royals earlier than making 5 All-Star groups with the Mets. Overall, he was a profession .279 hitter with 565 doubles, 435 dwelling runs and 312 stolen bases, whereas additionally taking part in for the Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers. He gained three Gold Gloves in middle discipline and completed as excessive as fourth in MVP voting in 2006.
Should Beltrán ultimately earn induction, it is unknown if he would enter Cooperstown with a Mets, Royals or another group’s cap on his plaque.
One of Beltrán’s former Mets teammates, Wagner, has additionally endured a rocky path to Hall of Fame consideration. All however an afterthought on the stacked ballots of the mid-2010s, Wagner has loved a dramatic enhance in help over the previous 5 years, going from 11.1 % of ballots in 2018 to 68.1 % in 2023. Although the elevated help is promising, Wagner is working out of time to achieve the 75 % threshold, with simply two years remaining on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America poll.
Wagner’s Hall of Fame case is very analytical. One of the sport’s hardest throwers across the flip of the century, Wagner struck out 11.9 batters per 9 innings over a 16-year profession, the very best in historical past amongst pitchers with not less than 800 innings. His 2.31 profession ERA and 187 league-adjusted ERA+ are each considerably higher than these of Hall of Fame nearer Trevor Hoffman, however he has 186 1/3 fewer innings than Hoffman and 179 fewer saves. The relative lack of counting statistics has labored towards him within the eyes of some voters.
Still, Wagner has acquired much more help than Kent, a Met from 1992-96 who later gained an MVP Award with the Giants. Kent noticed his poll help enhance yearly from 2018-23, however he by no means gained sufficient to make a severe run on the Hall of Fame, even though he stays the all-time dwelling run chief amongst second basemen. Kent’s profession bWAR of 55.4 is properly under the typical of Hall of Famers at that place, due partially to his checkered defensive metrics.
If Kent is to earn induction sooner or later, he’ll want to take action through the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee — a bunch of Hall of Famers, executives and media members that can subsequent convene in 2025.
Other gamers with Mets ties on this yr’s poll are Gary Sheffield, Bobby Abreu, RA Dickey and Francisco Rodríguez. Of that group, solely Sheffield acquired notable help (214 votes, 55 %). Abreu additionally acquired sufficient to stay on the poll (60 votes, 15.4 %), however Dickey will fall off after garnering only one vote.
Next yr’s poll will embrace a further Mets legend, David Wright, whose injury-shortened profession figures to stop him from making important noise in voting.