BY ISMAEL NUNEZ
Adrian Beltre, considered by many one of the most underrated ballplayers in Major League Baseball, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He’’d’ll be joined along with Todd Helton and Joe Mauer in the July class of 2024.
Here are some of Beltre’s accomplishments: 477 career Home Runs, 3,166 career hits, and Five Gold Gloves. Beltre never seemed to get quite the attention as other third basemen who are in the HOF, like Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Wade Boggs, Ron Santo, and Chipper Jones. Yet he accomplished just as much as these fellow third basemen.
What’s sad is other Latin American players were also snubbed by the Hall of Fame. Among them Davey Concepcion, Omar Vizquel, and another fellow Dominican, Tetelo Vargas, considered the father of Dominican Baseball.
Also, a fine hitting second baseman, Lou Whitaker, was snubbed. That’s so sad. Why? One has to wonder who does the voting!