Next up Carlos Beltrán. This is Beltrán’s second time on the ballot. The first time, he was on 46.5% of the ballots. When guys start that high, they often gain votes in future years. I’d think Carlos has a good chance to make it to the Hall, maybe not this year, but in the future. It likely depends on how strong the feelings the Writers have about his cheating.
Carlos played for 20 seasons. In 2586 games, he hit .279/.350/.486 with 435 home runs, 1587 RBI, and 312 stolen bases. His 9,768 at-bats put him 39th all-time.
He made 9 All-Star teams, had MVP votes 7 times (but never made it higher than 4th), won 2 Silver Sluggers, and won 3 Gold Gloves. He has a 70.1 career bWAR and ranks 70th all-time among position players.
Beltrán played on teams that made it to the playoffs seven times. He hit .307/.412/.609 in 65 playoff games. And he was on a World Series winner. That World Series team cost him some Hall of Fame votes, as that was with the trash can-pounding, sign-stealing Astros. Beltrán was named as one of the Masterminds behind the plan, and his teammates claimed he ‘intimidated’ some into going along with the scheme. The scandal cost him the manager’s job with the Mets. He signed a three-year contract with the Mets, but they parted ways after the MLB report.
It will be interesting to see if that costs him votes from the Writers. Without the scandal, he’s an interesting candidate. He was never thought of as the best player in the game. He was fourth in MVP voting once. In other years, he finished 9th and 12th and then had four seasons. He ranged from 20th to 26th in the vote.
But he had the bulk numbers that would usually get a guy into the Hall. It depends on how you view the Hall. Is longevity and bulk number enough? Or do they have to be one of the best players in the league for a few seasons?
And, of course, do you believe cheating should excuse a player from consideration? How do you compare Beltrán’s cheating to Barry Bonds’ cheating?
Would you vote Carlos Beltrán into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
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