The 2024 Hall of Fame ballot will be filled with stars.
In addition to some of the top names already on the ballot, there will be many more stars next year that will be eligible for induction: Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, David Wright, Bartolo Colon, Matt Holliday, Chase Utley, and many more.
It looks like MLB will have at least a few additional Hall of Famers next year by the look of things.
Among all the players mentioned, Beltre has the strongest HOF case.
The Hall just let Scott Rolen in, and for good reason: he had an amazing career and is a deserved immortal.
Beltre had a better career, so there shouldn’t be much of a debate.
Adrián Beltré was a joy to watch.
Will he punch his ticket into Cooperstown in 2024? 👀 pic.twitter.com/FFMssYGGgD
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If the world is a fair place, Beltre should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer by this time next year.
We know for experience that it’s not necessarily a fair place, though.
Still, the stellar third baseman should have no problem clearing the 76 percent threshold.
Over a 21-year career, Beltre slashed .286/.339/.480 with 477 home runs and 3,166 hits.
Only 33 players have reached 3,000 hits or more, and Beltre is one of them.
In fact, he is 17th on the all-time list for the category.
He hit for average, he hit for power, and he was stellar with the glove.
He won five Gold Glove awards and four Silver Slugger awards.
He was also an amazing teammate and his work ethic was unmatched: otherwise, he wouldn’t have played until he was 39.
Beltre had an amazing career and is a Hall of Famer.
It’s a matter of when, not if.