Derek Jeter Joins Hall Of Fame, 1 Vote Shy Of Unanimous Induction

Peter Haskell
January 21, 2020 - 6:20 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Former Yankee Derek Jeter officially joined the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday night with 99.7% support.

The first-ballot Hall of Famer was inducted with all but one of the 397 votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The only inductee to receive a unanimous vote was Mariano Rivera in 2019.

Many people reacted in shock after the news was revealed, as most thought he would follow in his teammate’s footsteps.

"He's a perfect ball player," Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman told WCBS's Peter Haskell. "If you were going to make up a ball player and create him yourself and all the attributes that make a person successful, Derek Jeter has every single one of them."

"I should think now that Mariano went in unanimously so should Derek Jeter," Waldman added.

Jeter's 20-year career stands for itself: 14 All-Star games, five World Series titles, and 3,465 hits. After his retirement in 2014, the Yankees retired his No. 2 in his honor.

He played all 20 of his seasons with the New York team after being drafted as a high school player out of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jeter is now the CEO of the Miami Marlins and becomes the 28th member of the Hall of Fame to represent the Yankees.

The Class of 2020 will be inducted at the Hall in Cooperstown in July.