Beltré, Mauer, and Helton Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 24

The 2024 Hall of Fame class has been revealed, and it includes some of the greatest MLB batters of their era. Joe Mauer, Todd Helton, and Adrian Beltre were all elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Beltre, who received support from 95.1 % of the 385 writers who cast ballots, and Mauer, who was voted in by 76.1 % of members, made it in their 1st – year of eligibility. Helton (79.7 %) was making his 6th attempt to get in, but finally made it. They will be joined by long-time manager, Jim Leyland, at an induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, on July 21st.

Adrian Beltre narrowly won an MVP with the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2004 and, but his career fully blossomed with the Texas Rangers from 2011-2017. Over his 21-year career, he accumulated the 3rd highest WAR ever amongst 3rd basemen. Beltre will become the 5th Dominican-born player to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, alongside Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero, and David Ortiz. He also was honored with awards such as 4× All-Star, 5× Gold Glove Award, 4× Silver Slugger Award, NL home run leader in 2004, and Texas Rangers No. 29 retired.

Joe 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. He is one of 6 catchers ever with at least 3 Gold Glove Awards and 3 Silver Slugger Awards. Voted American League MVP after a sensational 2009 season, he expressed his gratitude to be inducted into the hall of fame.

Todd Helton saw his overall support increase drastically over recent years, from 52 % in 2022 to nearly 80 % in 2024. His career includes a slash line of .316 / .414 / .539, 2,519 – hits, 369 – home runs, and 1,406 – RBIs and 3 Gold Gloves Awards. He finished his career with a 133 – adjusted OPS. Despite offensive boosts provided by his home ballpark of Coors Field, he is honored to be part of the Hall of Fame.

Billy Wagner and Gary Sheffield were just shy of the 75% approval from voting members needed for induction. Wagner, a long-time reliever, was

“We don’t get to pick where we play, and you always want to hit better at your home park,” Todd Helton mentioned as he carried a career an OPS of 1.048 at home and an OPS of .855 on the road. Ultimately these players left their marks on the game and solidified their places in the Baseball Hall of Fame.