MLB announced the results of its annual Hall of Fame voting process on Tuesday.
Only one player exceeded the required 75% threshold for entrement: third baseman Scott Rolen.
The former two-way star, who had his best years with the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals but also played in Toronto and Cincinnati, received 76.3% of the vote.
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He will be inducted in Cooperstown in July, and rightly so.
Other big stars were about to be voted in, in particular former Colorado Rockies star Todd Helton.
Helton failed, as he needed 11 more votes.
His tally of 72.2%, however, suggests he could be elected next year if logic prevails.
Helton has racked up a cool 61.8 wins over replacement (WAR) per baseball benchmark.
He also hit 369 homers, made 1,406 runs, and hit .316/.414/.539 with a .953 OPS.
At 68.1, former relief pitcher Billy Wagner also fell short but has positioned himself well for the next year.
The dominant southpaw was one of the best closers of his time.
He ended a stellar career with a 2.31 ERA and 422 saves.
Andruw Jones and Gary Sheffield were in their fifties.
The former was in his sixth year on the ballot, but the latter will have one last chance to enter the Class of 2024 in the traditional way.
Jeff Kent and his 46.5% could not enter through the BBWAA and will eventually have to resort to a committee of veterans.
Carlos Beltran did very well to be a freshman on the ballot, at 46.5%.
He should eventually be elected.