Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

The Baseball Writers' Association of America chose third baseman Adrián Beltré and catcher Joe Mauer to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday night,

naming them two of the most productive players in the twenty-first century. Todd Helton,

A former Colorado Rockies first baseman, was also elected, becoming the first batter to

 reach Cooperstown after playing his entire career at high-elevation Coors Field in New York.

Beltré was named on 95.1% of ballots in his first year of eligibility, an unsurprising addition to the first-ballot Hall of Fame club with 3,166 hits,

477 home runs, and 93.5 Wins Above Replacement per Baseball Reference, ranking 40th in MLB history. 

Only Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Eddie Mathews had more WAR as third basemen. 

 The gregarious superstar spent his greatest years with the Texas Rangers, but he also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, and Boston Red Sox in 21 MLB seasons. He is the fifth Dominican player to get a Cooperstown plaque.

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