Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot - ESPN
Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer and Chase Utley headline the list of newcomers to the 26-player Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot, it was announced Monday.
Players must receive 75% of the vote to gain induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, with the top holdovers from last year's vote including Todd Helton (72%), Billy Wagner (68%), Andruw Jones (58%), Gary Sheffield (55%) and Carlos Beltran (46.5%).
It's the 10th and final year on the ballot for Sheffield, while Wagner is on the ballot for the ninth time.
Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, both of whom received PED suspensions during their careers, also return to the ballot.
Beltran returns for the second time after his vote total may have been held down in his initial appearance due to his involvement in the 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal.
Other newcomers are David Wright, Bartolo Colon, Matt Holliday, Jose Bautista, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Victor Martinez, James Shields and Brandon Phillips.
A capsule look at the top newcomers:
• Beltre should be a lock as a first-year candidate after finishing with 3,166 hits, 477 home runs and 93.5 WAR while capturing five Gold Gloves. He ranks third all time in WAR among third basemen, behind only Mike Schmidt and Eddie Mathews. He had his career season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004 when he led the National League with 48 home runs and finished second in the MVP voting, but his best run came in his 30s with the Texas Rangers from 2011 to 2018, when he had four 30-homer seasons and hit .304.
• Mauer is the first of the trio of catchers from the late 2000s and 2010s with strong credentials to hit the ballot, with Buster Posey and Yadier Molina coming in future years. Mauer has the