The former New York Yankee came up one vote shy of a unanimous decision
Derek Jeter will now be immortalized in Cooperstown. On Tuesday night, it was announced that members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted to induct Jeter into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
It was always expected that Jeter would make it to Cooperstown. What was surprising was the way he was elected. Out of the 397 BBWAA members, only one person did not vote for Jeter to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, meaning he fell just one vote shy of becoming only the second player to ever be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame. Jeter received 99.7% of the votes, which was the highest percentage of votes received by a position player in MLB history. Mariano Rivera still remains the only player in MLB history to be unanimously voted into the hall of fame. Jeter will still be remembered as just the 57th player in history be named a first-ballot hall of famer.
Derek Jeter retired as one of the most decorated players in the history of the New York Yankees. Number Two finished his career with five World Series wins. The former Yankee captain was also a 14 time all-star and was named the MVP of the 1996 season. His 3465 career hits are the sixth most of all-time. After retiring, DJ joined the Miami Marlins organization in 2017 as an owner. He was later named Chief Executive Officer of the franchise and still remains in that position today.
Jeter will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with Larry Walker, who was also elected to the Hall on Tuesday night. Both men will be officially welcomed into the Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, NY on July 26th, where two Modern Era Baseball Committee selections will be honored as well.