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6. Carlos Beltran

Over his very long career, the six and a half seasons as a New York Met was arguably the best of his career.  Five times he would be named an All Star as a Met and it was in New York where he posted his best Home Run numbers (41 in 2006) and would earn two Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves while playing there.  The Puerto Rican Outfielder would also produce three seasons with 100 Runs Batted In and had four years where he slugged over .500.

Carlos Beltran

There was so much to love about the game of Carlos Beltran.  The 1999 American League Rookie of the Year showed out of the gate that he had a lot of skills as he could hit, hit for power, had speed and good defensive skill.  Beltran began his career with the Kansas City Royals where he won the aforementioned Rookie of the Year Award, but KC knew that they would not able to afford him once he became a free agent and he was traded to the Houston Astros for their stretch run.  

19. Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran has an excellent chance of being a Hall of Famer and it all began in Kansas City.  In 1999, Beltran took over the starting Centerfield job and the third spot on the batting order.  Not surprisingly, Beltran would win the Rookie of the Year in the AL and he would belt 20 Home Runs and 100 RBIs in all of full seasons with Kansas City. 

Carlos Beltran Retires

A very significant (and expected) retirement took place today as Carlos Beltran of the Houston Astros announced today that he was calling it a career. Beltran is 40 years old, and played 20 years in the Majors, punctuated by a World Series win in his final game.

Let’s get right to what we usually talk about here at Notinhalloffame.com when a player of this magnitude retires; is Carlos Beltran a Hall of Famer?

Our first reaction is…maybe.

Beltran has very good traditional statistics. Nine All Star Games. 2,725 Hits. 435 Home Runs. There are a lot of Hall of Fame outfielders that have similar numbers and when you look at the advanced metrics, Beltran’s “on the fence” case is further enhanced. The native Puerto Rican has a career bWAR of 69.8, eight all-time at this position and higher than HOFers Duke Snider, Andre Dawson, Richie Ashburn and Billy Hamilton. The average JAWS of a Hall of Fame Centerfielder is 57.9, of which he is close at 57.1, so this does look Cooperstown worthy, though Kenny Lofton has a comparable career bWAR and JAWS of 68.2 and 55.7 respectively and he failed to get past the first ballot.

What works against Beltran is that he was never really close to being the MVP in any year (his highest finish was 4th in 2006) and there was never a consensus that he was the best at this position.

Still, this is an excellent candidate who we will enjoy debating in depth over the next five years. Beltran will be Hall of Fame eligible in 2023.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Carlos Beltran for the on-field memories and we look forward to see what he will do next!

Our 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame Eligibles are up

It is onward and upward for us here at Notinhalloffame.com as we have added to one of our existing sections, the Baseball Futures.

Today, we are pleased to unveil our section of former baseball players who will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2023.

The entire section can be found here, but below is the complete list of those whom we are profiling.

They are:

Aaron Hill:  An All-Star in 2009 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Hill retired with just over 1,500 Hits.  He would also be named a Silver Slugger twice.

Adam Lind:  Lind would have 200 Home Runs and as a Blue Jay in 2009, he would win both the Silver Slugger and Edgar Martinez Award.

Andre Ethier:  A career Los Angeles Dodger, Andre Ethier was a two-time All-Star and would win the Silver Slugger in 2009.

Bronson Arroyo:  A member of the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Championship Team, Bronson Arroyo had his best seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.  He would retire with 148 Wins and was an All-Star in 2006.

Carlos Beltran:  Beltran retires with a strong Hall of Fame resume as he retired with 2,725 Hits and 435 Home Runs.  Beltran went to nine All-Star Games, won two Silver Sluggers, three Gold Gloves and was a World Series Champion in his last season in Baseball.

Carlos Ruiz:  Ruiz was a light hitting Catcher, but he was an All-Star in 2012 and a two-time Wilson Defensive Player.  He has a World Series Ring with Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.

Chad Qualls:  Qualls pitched mostly in middle and long relief and would pitch in 844 Games.

Erick Aybar:  Aybar was an All-Star in 2014 and was a Gold Glove winner in 2011.

Francisco Rodriguez: “K-Rod” won the World Series with the Anaheim Angels in 2002 and would go on to six All-Star Games. Rodriguez led the AL in Saves three times and collected 437 in total.

Glen Perkins:  Perkins secured 120 Saves over a career that was spent entirely with the Minnesota Twins.

Huston Street:  Street was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2005 and would be a two-time All-Star.  He retired with 324 Saves.

J.J. Hardy:  Hardy was a two-time All-Star at Shortstop and would be a three-time Gold Glove recipient.  He would also win the Silver Slugger Award in 2013.

Jacoby Ellsbury:  Ellsbury won the World Series twice with the Boston Red Sox, and he was an All-Star, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner in 2011.

Jason Grilli:  Grilli played for nine different teams in the Majors and was an All-Star in 2013 when he was the closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jayson Werth:  Werth was a World Series Champion with the Phillies in 2008 and would be an All-Star a year later.  He would have 229 Home Runs over his career.

Jered Weaver:  Weaver led the American League in Strikeouts in 2010 and was a three-time All-Star.  He would win 150 Games over his career.

Jhonny Peralta:  Peralta would accumulate 1,761 Hits and was a three-time All-Star.

Joaquin Benoit:  Benoit would pitch in 764 Games in his career.

Joe Blanton:  Blanton won 101 Games in his career and would win a World Series Ring with Philadelphia in 2008.

John Lackey:  Lackey won three World Series Rings with three different teams (Anaheim 2002, Boston 2013 & Chicago 2016) and was an All-Star in 2007.  Lackey won 188 Games and struck out 2,294 batters.

Jonathan Broxton:  As a Dodger, Broxton went to two All-Star Games as a Relief Pitcher. 

Matt Cain:  Cain would win three World Series Rings with the San Francisco Giants and was also a three-time All-Star.

Mike Napoli:  Napoli was an All-Star with the Texas Rangers in 2012 and would help the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013.

R.A. Dickey:  Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award in 2012 and the knuckleballer would record 120 Wins.

Stephen Drew:  Drew had a little over 1,100 Hits and was a World Series Champion with the Red Sox in 2013.

Ubaldo Jiminez:  Jiminez was an All-Star in 2010 and retired with 114 Wins and 1,720 Strikeouts.

Please note that just because the above players are Hall of Fame eligible in 2023, it does not mean that they will be on the ballot.

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