On January 23, the National Baseball Hall of Fame election results will be officially announced for the players eligible for induction in 2024. Among the candidates found on this year’s ballot, there have been quite a few that also had the distinguished honour of dominating the Toronto Blue Jays over the course of their active years in the major leagues.
Here, we will take a look at six Hall of Fame candidates that constantly mesmerized the Jays at their will back during their prime time in the MLB. In addition, we will take a brief look at their chances of being elected into the Hall of Fame this time around.
Beltré became a dominant force in the baseball world the moment he stepped foot into the league back in 1998 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Just looking at his resumé, he was a two-time MVP finalist, four-time All-Star and Silver Slugger, and a five-time Gold Glove winner. That in itself speaks volumes of his outstanding accomplishments during his 21 years in the big leagues.
When he signed on with the Seattle Mariners in 2005 to officially begin his tenure in the American League, which ended up lasting for the rest of his career, that was when he began pulverizing the Jays every time they met. In 108 career games against the Jays, he scored 51 runs with 28 doubles, 16 home runs and 62 RBI in his offensive outburst. But as a consolation, at least the Jays managed to get the last laugh twice when they beat Beltré and his Texas Rangers in both the 2015 and 2016 AL Divisional Series during the postseason.
Despite being in just his first year of eligibility for 2024, Beltré is expected to be an overwhelming favourite to be elected on his first try into the Hall of Fame. The most recent poll results revealed Beltré was leading the pack with an astounding 98.9% of the votes. As he awaits for the inevitable enshrinement, at least Jays’ fans can gracefully accept the fact that they were once dominated by a future first ballot Hall of Famer.