Adrian Beltre’s Hall of Fame credentials

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 30: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers stands on the field during the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 3-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 30: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers stands on the field during the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 3-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI – OCTOBER 1970: Orioles’ Brooks Robinson #5 fields a ground ball against the Cincinnati Reds during the 1970 World Series in Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images) /

Awards and honors

Among the 20 third basemen used for this analysis, five peaked in an era before there was such a thing as an All Star game. Among the remaining 15, this category will not help Beltre. He was named to four All Star teams, a slim total when compared with the remaining 15. Jones, for comparison, made seven All Star teams.

Beltre did better among MVP voters, twice being named among the top five. He ranked second behind Barry Bonds in 2004, when he  batted .334 with 48 home runs and 121 RBIs.  In 2012 he was third behind Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout based on his .321 average, 36 homers and 102 RBIs.

A top five placement  in the MVP award vote is probably the toughest criteria we’ve looked at. Only two of our 20 players did it as many as five times. They were Brooks Robinson, the 1964 MVP, and Mike Schmidt, the MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1986.  Two played prior to the MVP era, but of the remaining 18 four never were voted among the top five and four others only achieved that distinction once in their careers.

There are some good names among those eight more-deprived MVP finalists, including Boggs, whose fourth in 1985 was the best finish of his career.

Here is how Beltre compares with the best third basemen of all time for All Star appearances:

1.       Brooks Robinson             15

2.       George Brett                     13

T3.       Mike Schmidt                  12

T3.       Wade Boggs                    12

5.       George Kell                        10

T-14. Adrian Beltre                      4

And here is how he compares when measured by top 5 MVP votes:

T1       Mike Schmidt                    5

T1       Brooks Robinson              5

3.       George Brett                       4

4.       George Kell                          3

5.       6, including Beltre, tied  2