Tuesday newsletter time: How much of Hall vote will Adrian Beltre receive?
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The question isn’t if Adrian Beltre will be elected into the Hall of Fame today. The ballots revealed so far have Beltre well on his way.
The question is how high of a voting percentage will he receive.
He was at 99 percent after 200 votes were tallied. That would rank fourth all time behind the only unanimous selection, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter (99.74) and Ken Griffey Jr. (99.32)
The guess here is that Beltre ends up at around 96 percent. The voting bloc that doesn’t give ballots to Ryan Thibodaux’s Twitter tracker typically is filled with curmudgeons who find a reason to not vote for the obvious Hall of Famers in their first year on the ballot.
Think of a shoo-in Hall of Famer besides Rivera. Yep, someone somewhere didn’t vote for him.
Joe Mauer, Billy Wagner, Todd Helton, Gary Sheffield and Andruw Jones all have a chance at election tonight but could use some help from the unknown ballots.
Beltre is a stronger candidate than that quartet but isn’t as strong of a candidate as Rivera was or Greg Maddux (97.20), Randy Johnson (97.27), Nolan Ryan (98.79) or Tom Seaver (98.84) or Henry Aaron (97.8), Babe Ruth (95.13) or Willie Mays (94.68).
Was there ever any doubt that group belonged in the Hall of Fame? No, but some wiseasses voted otherwise.
But the pool of voters has shrunk over the past decade and has become, for the most part, less stringent, so Beltre could very well perform better than any of those greats.
Ultimately, how much of the vote Beltre receives doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is headed to the Hall of Fame.
Chapman to Pirates
Aroldis Chapman won’t be back in the Rangers’ bullpen, likely to the delight of many fans.
The hard-throwing left-hander has agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Pirates. That’s $2.5 million more than Martin Perez received from Pittsburgh.
That price tag likely exceeded where the Rangers wanted to go on Chapman, if they wanted him back. My guess is they entertained the thought, knowing that he might have been overworked after being acquired June 30 from the Royals.
The Rangers surrendered left-hander Cole Ragans in the deal, and Ragans blossomed with Kansas City. He didn’t have any pressure to pitch like a first-round pick, as he might have felt with the Rangers, and thrived without the burden of expectations. Good for him.
Was the trade worth it? It absolutely was.
Look at it this way: Would you have traded Ragans for a World Series title? Yes. Chapman, despite too many hiccups, did help the Rangers win the World Series.
Stability in minors
The Rangers revealed their 2024 minor-league coaching staffs and instructors, and, for the first time in what seems like a long time, there wasn’t very much turnover.
The managers for the four full-season affiliates are all returning — Doug Davis, Triple A Round Rock; Carlos Cardoza, Double A Frisco; Chad Comer, High A Hickory; and Carlos Maldonado, Low A Down East. Many of their top assistants are also returning to their 2023 posts.
The minor-league development staff is filled with some very familiar names. Kenny Holmberg is the field coordinator (third season) and infield coordinator (ninth season), Cody Atkinson is the director of hitting (fifth season) and Jordan Tiegs remains the pitching coordinator (third season).
Catching coordinator Garrett Kennedy (third season) adds assistant field coordinator to his duties. Eric Dorton is the hitting coordinator for the second straight season and his sixth in the organization.
Continuity is big in all sports and at all levels. The Rangers have that throughout their system.
This pup is ready for today’s rain. Enjoy.
— Out Of Context Animals 🐾 (@contextanimalss) January 22, 2024
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