Way too early predictions on former Mets players in the 2025 Hall of Fame vote

Among ex-Mets, five will return to the ballot while one will appear for the first time.

Carlos Beltran and David Wright are among ex-Mets who will return to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2025.
Carlos Beltran and David Wright are among ex-Mets who will return to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2025. / Bryan Yablonsky/GettyImages
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Bobby Abreu

Bobby Abreu only spent one season with the Mets, which was his last in 2014, but he carved out a nice career before. Abreu was best known for his intelligent hitting, collecting 2,470 hits, 288 home runs, 400 stolen bases, and a .291 batting average in 18 seasons with six different teams, most of it with the Philadelphia Phillies.

As a Met at 40 years old in 2014, Abreu was as disciplined as ever, as his stirkeout-to-walk ratio was nearly one-to-one, though he didn't make hard contact like he used to, limiting his batting average to .248. Nonetheless, he was well-received by the players and the fans.

Abreu received just 14.8 percent of the vote this year after getting 15.4 percent of the ballots last year, so it is not a very good sign for his Hall of Fame chances. Plus, he was rarely listed among the 20-25 best players in the game during his peak. If there was a "Hall of Very Good", that is where Abreu would wind up.

Prediction: Bobby Abreu will get 13.5 percent of the Hall of Fame vote next year, but will remain on the ballot in 2026.

Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez started his career as one of the most electrifying relief pitchers baseball had ever seen, earning the nickname "K-Rod". Hs contributions to the 2002 Anaheim Angels championship run, and his 2008 season where he set the single-season saves record with 62 put him on a fast track fo the Hall of Fame that he eventually derailed. Overall, he finished his 16-year career with 437 saves and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings, while earning six trips to the All-Star Game (including one in 2009 with the Mets).

K-Rod's career with the Mets was a tumultous one, full of off-field incidents, which shortened his career there. However, he turned in 83 saves in three years in Flushing.

It is rare to see a player see his Hall of Fame vote share decline from the first year to the second, but that's what happened with K-Rod this year, as his vote share decreased from 10.8 percent last year to 7.8 percent from Tuesday's results. He will likely get one more year on the ballot before he drops below 5.0 percent (and this is being generous).

Prediction: Francisco Rodriguez will get 5.5 percent of the Hall of Fame vote next year, but will remain on the ballot in 2026.