James Wagner, reporting for The New York Times:
It was never a question that Derek Jeter, the longtime captain of
the Yankees and one of the most celebrated players in baseball
history, was going to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The intrigue instead centered on whether he would become the
second unanimously elected player, following his former teammate
and fellow five-time World Series champion Mariano Rivera.
On Tuesday, Jeter fell just short of Rivera’s historic mark from
Jeter was named on all but one of the 397 ballots cast by members
of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — more than
enough to clear the 75 percent hurdle for election. He eclipsed
the previous second-highest voting mark, 99.3 percent, for
outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. in 2016. Jeter received 99.7 percent of
The surprise isn’t that some cowardly little man decided to hide behind the anonymity of his vote and deny Jeter unanimity. The surprise is that there wasn’t a single cowardly dope who did the same last year for Rivera. Every single player among the top 30 on this list should have been unanimous. For chrissake Babe Ruth and Willie Mays only got 95 percent of the vote.
Jeter and Rivera were teammates for 19 seasons — the most, by far, of any Hall of Fame teammates. What a privilege it was to watch them play and win five World Series, all while playing for the greatest team in the history of professional sports.
★ Tuesday, 21 January 2020