Baseball Hall of Fame Class of ’24: Beltré, Mauer and Helton

The Hall of Fame Class of 2024 features 2 of the best pure MLB hitters of their era and one of the 3 greatest and most indeliblerd – basemen in the history of Major league baseball history.

Joe Mauer, Todd HeltonAND Adrian Beltre they were all elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America a week or two, the results of which were presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Beltre, who received the support of 95.1% of the 385 writers who voted, and Mauer, who was voted in by 76.1% of the BBWAA members, made it in their 1st – year of eligibility. Helton (79.7%) was making his 6th – try to enter.

These 3 will be joined by the long-time manager, Jim Leylandthe 22-year-old manager, who was voted in by the Contemporary Baseball Era Non-Players Committee in December, during an induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, on July 21st.

Gary Sheffield more than 64% support during its 10 yearsth and last year on the HOF ballot. Billy Wagner He also fell just short, receiving 73.8% in his 2nd – in the last year of eligibility and therefore failed to be included by only 5 – votes (Mauer, in the meantime, made it by only 4 – votes). Andruw Jones (61.6%) and Carlos Beltran (57.1%) also received support from more than half of voters.

Ball players need 75% approval from voting members of the BBWAAwhile those who receive less than 5% are excluded from the ballot.

Adrian Beltre:

Mr. Beltre, who did not make his 1st of 4 – MLB – All – Star team until his age of 31, he received the 4th – highest percentage of votes for a 3rd – baseman during his 1st – year on the ballot, only behind George Brett, Chipper JonesAND Mike Schmidt.

“I always wanted to be the best I could be – and I loved playing, and I wanted to play hard, and with that I accumulated some things that put me in a position to be where I am today,” says Beltre. “But I loved the locationI loved playing and was just happy to be out there, competing with my peers.

Beltre accumulated the 3rd – the highest WAR ever among the 3rd – basemen over the course of a 21-year career that saw him play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and, most notably, the Texas Rangers. Beltre is among only 4 other players in baseball history, regardless of position, to reach 400 homers and 3,000 hits, as well as accumulate at least 5 Gold Glove Awards. Beltre will become the 5th – Player of Dominican origin entered into the Baseball Hall of Fame, together with Juan Marichal in 1983, Pedro Martínez in 2015, Vladimir Guerrero in 2018 and David Ortiz in 2022.

Beltre narrowly won an MVP with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004 and starred for the Boston Red Sox in 2010, but his career didn’t fully blossom until he joined the Texas Ranger as soon as he turns 32 in 2011.

Over the next 6 years in Texas with the Rangers, Beltre slashed .308/.358/.516 while accumulating 167 home runs, 563 RBI and 32.4 fWAR, 7th – most in the major leagues. He earned 3 All-Star selections, won 2 Silver Sluggers and received 3 Gold Gloves for Texas Rangers teams that consistently competed for championships, charting a path to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“At that time, I was a guy with a quote-unquote contract year and I was always trying to find the motivation to achieve better results,” Beltre continues to say. I appreciated that Rangers gave me the chance to get close to their stadium and their city and be part of the great team they already had. The way the front office welcomed me and my family, the way my teammates welcomed me, it was just a great combination for both of us.

Joe Mauer:

Mauer won batting titles in 2006, 2008, and 2009, becoming the only catcher in history to lead his respective league in batting average on three separate occasions. Voted American League MVP after a sensational 2009 season, Mauer is one of 6 catchers ever with at least 3 Gold Glove Awards and 3 Silver Slugger Awards. Unusually tall for his position at 6-foot-5, Mauer batted .306 in a 15-year career spent entirely with the Minnesota Twins, accumulating 2,123 hits and 143 home runs.

He just joined Johnny Bench as well as Ivan Rodriguez as the only receivers to be voted into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

“I do not take this announcement lightly” Joe Mauer explained to MLB Network, which broadcast the Hall of Fame results live. “Just seeing the graphics of the two first-ballot receivers — they’re two of my favorites. I looked up to those guys and I looked up to them and I was able to compete against Pudge for years there in Detroit. Just have the utmost respect for the Hall of Fame and the players who came before me and did great things. I’m really full of emotion, but I can’t wait to get there and show my kids some of the history of this game, this beautiful game.

Todd Helton:

Helton has seen his overall support rise histrionically in recent years, from 52% in 2022 to 72.2% in 2023 to nearly 80% in 2024. Helton’s career numbers include: .316 / .414 / . 539 – slash line, 2,519 – hits, 369 – home runs and 1,406 – RBI, not to mention the 3 – Gold Gloves Awards that put him in elite territory at his position, but voters had been turned off in years past by the push offense provided by Todd’s home field Coors Fieldwhere he spent his entire career with the Colorado Rockies.

Helton, however, finished his career with an adjusted OPS of 133, which neutralizes the rough factors, of 32ndbetween 1st – basemen who have accumulated at least 3,000 – plate appearances.

You can’t choose where to playand you always want to hit better in your home park, Todd Helton mentioned an OPS of 1.048 at home and an OPS of .855 on the road in his career.

Wagner, much like Helton, had also seen his support grow in recent times, gaining almost 23 percentage points in 2 years. The longtime closer, who spent nine of his 17 seasons with the Houston Astros, amassed 422 saves, behind only Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, Trevor Hoffmann, Lee Smith, Francisco Rodriguez and John Franco. He finished his career with a 2.31 ERA and struck out 33.2 percent of the batters he faced, third among pitchers who threw at least 750 innings.

Wagner’s 9 seasons with 30-plus saves and an ERA under 3.00 trails only Rivera with 14 and Hoffman with 11, both in Baseball Hall of Fame.

Gary Sheffield is a 9-time MLB All – Star and 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner who has ranked in the top 10 in MVP voting 6 times and is one of 4 players with 2,500 hits, 500 home runs and 250 – stolen bases, combined to Barry Bonds, Alex RodriguezAND Willie Mays. Voters soured on him because he was mentioned in the Mitchell Report investigating the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) within the sport.

Achievements, honors and awards in Beltre’s baseball career:

  • 4× All-Star (2010–2012, 2014)
  • 5× Golden Glove Award (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016)
  • 4× Silver Slugger Award (2004, 2010, 2011, 2014)
  • NL home run leader (2004)
  • The Texas Rangers number 29 retired
  • Texas Rangers Hall of Fame

Achievements, honors and awards in Mauer’s baseball career:

  • 6× All-Star (2006, 2008–2010, 2012, 2013)
  • AL MVP (2009)
  • 3× Golden Glove Award (2008–2010)
  • 5× Silver Slugger Award (2006, 2008–2010, 2013)
  • 3× AL Batting Champion (2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Minnesota Twins no. 7 retired
  • Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

Achievements, honors and awards in Helton’s baseball career:

  • 5× All-Star (2000-2004)
  • 3× Golden Glove Award (2001, 2002, 2004)
  • 4× Silver Slugger Award (2000–2003)
  • NL Hank Aaron Award (2000)
  • MLB Batting Champion (2000)
  • MLB RBI Leader (2000)
  • Dick Howser Trophy (1995)
  • The Colorado Rockies’ number 17 retired

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