The Baseball Hall of Fame released its official 2023 ballot on Monday. Members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) will have until Dec. 23 to finalize and submit their ballots before an official announcement is made on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in 2023.
One former member of the Houston Astros' 2017 World Series championship team is making his debut on the ballot.
That player is Carlos Beltran. He wasn't the biggest contributor during Houston's 2017 championship, but still suited up for 129 games and smacked 14 home runs during that regular season campaign.
He's arguably the most accomplished player on this ballot, owning 2,725 career hits with 435 home runs and 1,587 RBIs. Beltran spent 20 years in the MLB with seven different teams. This included two separate one-year stints in Houston, and seven years with the Kansas City Royals, where he won the Rookie of the Year award. Beltran won three Gold Glove awards along with 9 All-Star appearances.
A player is not enshrined into Cooperstown until he earns at least 75% of the votes on a particular ballot. Players who receiver between 5% and 75% of the votes can hang on the ballot for 10 years.
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