Who joins the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in 2024? Adrián Beltré and Chase Utley headline crop of newcomers

The mud has settled on the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame vote. With eyes on subsequent season, we will already begin working up the ballot.

Scott Rolen began gained induction into the Hall of Fame with 76.3 %. Jeff Kent has lapsed off the ballot after his 10 years. The following gamers obtained between 5 and 75 % and have not but been on the ballot for a full 10 years, which means they will be again for one more go subsequent 12 months:

Carlos Beltrán, Todd Helton, Billy Wagner, Andrew Jones, Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodríguez, Manny Ramírez, Omar Vizquel, Andy Pettitte, Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu, Mark Buehrle, Torii Hunter and Francisco Rodríguez.

That’s the start line. Next up, the newbies.

The guidelines for the Hall of Fame dictate {that a} participant have to be retired for 5 seasons earlier than being added to the BBWAA ballot. In current years, the ballot has been wherever from 25-35 gamers. That means for this subsequent cycle, we’ll be including at the very least the following 10 names, in addition to at the very least just a few others.

Adrián Beltre

Oh hell sure we’re beginning right here. While I take pleasure in debates and attending to know extra about previous gamers over the course of years of analysis, it is also enjoyable to get a no brainer in there. We have not seen anybody high 80 % of the vote since Derek Jeter acquired near one hundred pc for the 2020 class. Beltré will not be unanimous, I do not assume, however he’ll fly previous 80 % with ease.

We’re speaking about an extremely likable, virtually universally-loved participant with an all-time nice resume. He collected 3,166 profession hits, which included 636 doubles and 477 residence runs. He drove residence 1,707 runs whereas scoring 1,524 instances. He did not high 100 strikeouts in any of his last 11 seasons. A profession .286 hitter, he broke .300 seven instances. All of that, alongside together with his long-time distinctive protection at third base, places him third in profession WAR amongst third basemen after Mike Schmidt and Eddie Mathews. That’s it.

And as a bonus, his Wikipedia web page does not have “controversies” or “authorized bother” or something like that, however it does have “charitable and humanitarian work.”

The solely factor I do not stay up for right here is having to see the inevitable and determined pleas for social media consideration/engagement from alleged naysayers, whether or not voters or followers.

Mauer is an honest case for why we wait 5 years after a participant retires earlier than debating his credentials. Towards the finish of his profession, I simply noticed far an excessive amount of negativity in his path. We needn’t revisit the causes proper now. What we will do is have a look at his resume as a complete.

Mauer received an MVP and three batting titles. He additionally collected three Gold Gloves and 5 Silver Sluggers as a catcher. That sort of skillset at that place is already rarified air. He hit .306 with a .388 on-base proportion in his profession and though energy wasn’t his calling card, he nonetheless slugged sufficient to retire with a 124 OPS+. Among gamers who spent at the very least half their time behind the plate and appeared in at the very least 1,000 video games, that is thirteenth all-time.

Mauer’s 2,123 hits rank ninth amongst catchers, his 1,018 runs are eleventh and his 428 doubles are third. He provides 143 homers and 923 RBI. In WAR, Mauer sits ninth amongst catchers, trailing eight Hall of Famers and sitting in entrance of the different eight. He’s seventh in JAWS after Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Ivan Rodríguez, Carlton Fisk, Mike Piazza and Yogi Berra.

The six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger winner and 2008 World Series champion is a Phillies legend. Over the course of his 16 big-league seasons, Utley hit .275/.358/.465 (117 OPS+) with 1,885 hits, 411 doubles, 259 residence runs, 1,025 RBI, 1,103 runs and 154 stolen bases. He had three top-10 finishes in MVP voting, however by no means greater than seventh.

In Utley’s time with the Phillies, he had a .402 OBP and .500 slugging with seven doubles, a triple, 10 homers and 25 RBI in 46 playoff video games.

He nonetheless is perhaps in for a battle. Absent the 2,000-hit barrier or eye-popping totals in anything, he’ll should be reliant on the voters who like JAWS. He’s twelfth amongst second basemen, behind 10 Hall of Famers, Robinson Canó and Bobby Grich. He’s forward of a number of Hall of Famers like Roberto Alomar and Craig Biggio. He is nearly even with the common JAWS of the present Hall of Fame second basemen, though he is a bit beneath it in WAR.

He’ll find yourself faring higher than the gamers with whom he is most linked in Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard, however it’s gonna be shut, I believe.

Injuries in the latter half of his profession most likely value him, not solely not like Don Mattingly or Dale Murphy from the ’80s. Through age 30, Wright was nicely on the strategy to having a Hall of Fame resume. He completed his profession hitting .296/.376/.491 over almost 1,600 video games, a 133 OPS+. He additionally solely acquired to 1,777 hits, 390 doubles, 242 residence runs, 970 RBI and 949 runs with 196 stolen bases. Without ending greater than fourth in MVP voting or an enormous playoff file, it is arduous to see Wright having an actual shot. Sure sufficient, he is twenty sixth in JAWS, nicely beneath the Hall commonplace and in the vary of good gamers like Ron Cey and Josh Donaldson.

The seven-time All-Star received 4 Silver Sluggers, a batting title and an NLCS MVP and was a middle-order run producer for a World Series champion. In elements of 15 seasons, Holliday slashed .299/.379/.510 (132 OPS+). He racked up 2,096 hits, 468 doubles, 316 residence runs, 1,220 RBI and 1,157 runs. He by no means received an MVP, however he was the runner-up as soon as.

Due in half to some compiling in Coors Field and poor defensive scores, the WAR and JAWS part does not assist. He’s thirty sixth amongst left fielders in each JAWS and WAR, sitting proper with Brett Gardner and George Foster. Good gamers, however not Hall of Fame firm.

Holliday would want to make an enormous dent with the voting physique in his counting stats and they don’t seem to be near good spherical numbers like 3,000 hits and 500 residence runs.

Adrian Gonzalez

The first general choose in 2000, González had a really productive 15-year profession. He led the league in hits, RBI and walks as soon as apiece. He topped 2,000 hits (2,050) and had 317 residence runs with 1,202 RBI, ending his profession with a .287/.358/.485 (129 OPS+). The five-time All-Star drove residence at the very least 100 runs seven instances with three extra 90+ RBI seasons. He completed as excessive as fourth in MVP voting whereas profitable 4 Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers.

Among first basemen, González is fortieth in JAWS and forty third in WAR.

Jose Bautista

Remember when he grew to become the largest slugger in baseball? That was enjoyable. After 59 profession homers by way of his age-28 season, Bautista clubbed 54 in 2010 and 43 in 2011, main the majors each seasons. He’d find yourself going to 6 straight All-Star Games and ending in the high eight of MVP voting 4 instances, together with a third-place and fourth-place end.

The peak was there.

Bautista completed his profession a .247/.361/.475 (124 OPS+) hitter with 1,496 hits, 312 doubles, 344 homers, 975 RBI and 1,022 runs.

That peak was certain enjoyable, although.

Jose Reyes

The four-time All-Star received the 2011 batting title and led his league in triples 4 instances, steals 3 times and hits as soon as. He completed a .283 hitter with a 103 OPS+, 2,138 hits, 387 doubles, 131 triples, 145 residence runs, 719 RBI, 1,180 runs and 517 stolen bases. The triples and stolen bases appear to come out, however he’s 78th in profession triples and thirty third in stolen bases.

Reyes sits 57th in JAWS amongst shortstops.

Knowledgeable hitter, Martinez rapidly wanted to maneuver off being a full-time catcher to maintain his bat at the stage it wanted to be. He ended up serving as DH greater than every other place, though he wasn’t far behind at catcher.

In almost 2,000 profession video games, Martinez racked up 2,153 hits, together with 423 doubles and 246 residence runs. He drove residence 1,178 whereas scoring 914 instances and hit .295 in his profession with a 118 OPS+. He was a five-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger, ending second in AL MVP voting in 2014.

Even itemizing him as a catcher with these offensive stats, he is nonetheless solely thirtieth in JAWS and thirty third in WAR.

There’s a Cy Young together with 4 All-Star video games on Colon’s report. He received 247 profession video games whereas placing out 2,535, too. His almost 3,500 innings in the fashionable period is a big workload as nicely.


Colon’s profession 4.12 ERA (106 ERA+) and 1.31 WHIP depart rather a lot to be desired and present how a lot compiling he did late in his profession at the expense of his run prevention. Oh, and there was a PED suspension.

Other attainable first-timers: James Shields, Brandon Phillips, Yovani Gallardo, Doug Fister, Ryan Madson

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