#2 Adrian Beltre is elected to the Hall-of-Fame
This was not a surprise as it was expected Adrian Beltre would be elected his first time on the ballot, but it still a significant accomplishment. Beltre was elected with 95.1% of the vote. It was announced in the weeks after that he will be going in as a Texas Ranger. He will join such third-base greats as Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, and Scott Rolen in the Hall of Fame.
Beltre was elected because of his outstanding defense throughout a long 21-year career that saw hime play at third base all the way through. He finished with 3,166 hits, 477 home runs, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, and two top-3 MVP finishes. He was an outstanding player that loved playing the game and showed how much fun the game could be. He was a back-up plan for Texas when they failed to sign Cliff Lee after the 2010 season. He became the best free agent signing in Texas Rangers' history until Corey Seager signed his deal in 2021.
Beltre will officially be inducted into the Hall in July in Cooperstown. He will go in alongside manager Jim Leyland, catcher Joe Mauer, and first baseman Todd Helton. The ceremony will take place on July 21st a week after the Texas Rangers host the All-Star game for the first time since 1995. It will continue what should be a great year for Texas Rangers' fans.