Adrián Beltré exists in the Dodgers' canon under the category of "best players the Dodgers let get away." He was homegrown with the team, gave them the first seven seasons of his career, and placed second in MVP voting in his last year in LA before he went to the Mariners in free agency. The rest of his 21-year career, mostly spent with the Mariners and Rangers, is storied. He retired with a .286/.339/.480 career slash line, 477 home runs, and 1,707 RBI, not to mention all of the All-Star appearances, Silver Sluggers, Gold Gloves, and MVP votes he gathered up along the way.
This year, Beltré is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and he's already well on his way to being enshrined in Cooperstown. Although it's likely he'll go in as a Texas Ranger, as he spent the last eight years of his career in Arlington, LA is where it all began, and Dodgers fans should be looking forward adding another Hall of Famer to a long list.
How many votes does Adrián Beltré need to get into the Hall of Fame in 2024?
There's no set number of eligible voters every year, and no telling if all eligible voters will turn in a ballot. However, the benchmark for players to be elected is to appear on 75% of all ballots received. Based on data from previous years, an estimated 384 BBWAA members can vote in 2024, but a smaller crop of 288 are expected to actually cast their votes. Both of those numbers are suppositions, and we won't know how many votes were cast, or for which players, until elections are announced on Jan. 23. However, 75% of 288-384 votes is a good standard for setting expectations.
Adrián Beltré Hall of Fame vote tracker
The numbers here are taken from Ryan Thibodaux's Hall of Fame tracker, which meticulously logs public ballots and nominated players' progress toward election into Cooperstown. The important distinction here is public ballots. Only a fraction of voters make their voting known, while the others are a mystery until the official announcement. Reasoning for sharing or not sharing varies, but public ballots are typically much kinder to the nominees than private ones. Some share their ballots to stir the pot, others do so in the name of transparency, but generally, public ballots include more 'yeses.'
Beltré has fared very well so far on public ballots, receiving 98.4% of votes. Things are looking good for him; if he is elected, he'll join an even more exclusive club made up of 58 players who were elected on their first ballot, the latest of whom is David Ortiz. Here's where Beltré's numbers currently stand with public votes.
Remaining Votes Needed
Current Voting Percentage (Public Ballots)
All information has been updated as of January 17th, 2024
When is the Hall of Fame announcement?
2024's Hall of Fame class will be announced on Jan. 23, with the ceremony in Cooperstown to follow on July 21. Although Thibodaux's tracker will give us a good idea of whether or not Beltré will make it in, especially as we move closer to the 23rd, we won't know for certain until the official announcement.