The Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, announced today, Monday, the new candidates who will appear on the ballot for the Class of 2024 and also those who return, including the Puerto Rican Carlos Beltran.
Last year, Beltran appeared for the first time on the ballot and obtained 46.5% of the votes of the Baseball Writers Association of North America. You need 75% of the votes to be an immortal.
For 2024, the ballot features several players with solid credentials.
Dominican Adrian Beltre heads the ballot. Others are catcher Joe Mauer, shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Matt Holliday, designated hitter Victor Martinez, second baseman Chase Utley, third baseman David Wright, and pitcher Bartolo Colon.
In addition to Beltran, others who repeat on the ballot are Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte, Francisco Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, Gary Sheffield and Billy Wagner.
In 2023 only one player obtained more than 75% of the votes and entered the Hall of Fame: Scott Rolen.
Fred McGriff He also entered the premises, but he did so through the Committee of the Was of Contemporary Players.
Of those who repeat, Helton was close last year with 76.3%, followed by Wagner with 68.1%, Jones with 58.1% and Beltran with 46.5%.
With the entry of Beltre and the votes added by Helton, Wagner and Jones in 2023, it is very possible that Beltran will not be selected in the Class of 2024.
Beltre will appear on the ballot after hitting 3,166 hits and 477 home runs in a 21-year career, while Mauer won three American League batting titles.
Members of the Writers Association must submit ballots on or before December 31. The results will be announced on January 23, 2024.