The 2024 Hall of Fame class was recently announced, and it includes two of the best pure MLB batters of their era and one of the greatest third basemen in Major League Baseball history. Joe Mauer, Todd Helton, and Adrian Beltre were all elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, with Adrian Beltre and Joe Mauer making it in their first year of eligibility. The induction ceremony is set to take place in Cooperstown, New York on July 21st.
Adrian Beltre, who received a significant 95.1% of the votes, made a name for himself by accumulating more than 400 home runs and 3,000 hits, along with at least 5 Gold Glove Awards throughout his 21-year career. Known for his time with the Texas Rangers, Beltre is the fifth Dominican-born player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Joe Mauer, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Minnesota Twins, won three batting titles and was voted the American League MVP after an outstanding 2009 season. Standing at 6-foot-5, Mauer became the only catcher to lead his respective league in batting average on three separate occasions.
Todd Helton, who played his entire career with the Colorado Rockies, saw a significant increase in support over recent years, with his overall vote percentages reaching nearly 80% in 2024. Helton was known for his impressive career numbers, including a .316 batting average and 369 home runs.
Gary Sheffield, a 9-time MLB All-Star and 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner, narrowly missed out on induction due to issues regarding performance-enhancing drugs. Similarly, Billy Wagner fell just short, with 73.8% of the votes in his second-to-last year of eligibility. Andruw Jones and Carlos Beltran also received substantial support from more than half of the voting populace.
Despite the challenges and obstacles they faced, Beltre, Mauer, and Helton are set to be immortalized in Cooperstown, New York, along with long-time manager Jim Leyland. Their incredible achievements and contributions to the sport of baseball will forever be celebrated in the Baseball Hall of Fame.