MLB announced the results of their annual Hall of Fame voting process on Tuesday.
Only one player surpassed the required 75 percent threshold for enshrinement: third baseman Scott Rolen.
The former two-way star, who had his best years with the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals but also played in Toronto and Cincinnati, got 76.3 percent of votes.
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He will be inducted in Cooperstown in July, and deservedly so.
Other top stars were on the verge of being elected, particularly former Colorado Rockies star Todd Helton.
Helton came up short, as he needed 11 more votes.
His 72.2 percent tally, however, suggests that he will be able to gain election next year if logic prevails.
Helton accumulated a cool 61.8 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per Baseball Reference.
He also hit 369 home runs, drove in 1,406 runs, and hit .316/.414/.539 with a .953 OPS.
At 68.1, former relief pitcher Billy Wagner also came up short but positioned himself nicely for next year.
The dominant left-hander was one of the best closers of his time.
He finished a brilliant career with a 2.31 ERA and 422 saves.
The former was on his sixth year in the ballot, but the latter will have one last chance to enter the traditional way in the Class of 2024.
Jeff Kent and his 46.5 percent couldn’t get in via the BBWAA and will have to resort to a veteran’s commitee eventually.
Carlos Beltran did very well for being a first-year player in the ballot, at 46.5 percent.
He should eventually gain election.