Today the MLB announced their latest class into Cooperstown. It was a well-known fact that Derek Jeter would be going into the MLB Hall of Fame but the real question was would he be voted in unanimously?
That answer is NO. In his first year on the ballot, it was a no brainer he would be elected into the Hall but should he go in unanimously? Yes is the answer it should have been. Instead, some old-timer out there decided that Jeter didn’t deserve to be the second player to ever be inducted unanimously. That voter should have their credentials pulled. There is absolutely no reason that he should not have been voted in unanimously.
Jeter won 5 World Series Championships with Yankees and was the World Series MVP in 2000. He finished his 20-year career batting .310 and amassed 3,465 hits. He was a 14-time All-Star and a 5 time Gold Glove winner. He finished his career with 260 home runs and 358 stolen bases. While his numbers are great on paper his real skill was his leadership ability. He was the Captain of the Yankees. There was never any doubt. That was Jeter’s team. He did it all for them, diving into the stands, clutch hits, and leading them to multiple titles. While he may have not been the second unanimous induction ever, everybody who watched him play the game knows he should have been. There is not one viable reason Jeter should not have been on every ballot.
The other question surrounding the Hall of Fame balloting, was would anyone not named Derek Jeter get in?
That answer is YES. Alongside Jeter, Larry Walker has been inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame. This was Walker’s tenth and final year on the ballot. Walker earned his call to the Hall by being able to do it all. Walker was the 1997 National League MVP after batting .366 and hitting 49 home runs. That same season he stole 33 bases and won a Gold Glove. In his career, he won three batting titles. He batted .313 and had a .965 OPS. He hit 383 home runs and had 1,311 RBIs. He stole 230 bases whole winning 7 Gold Gloves. He would finish his career with a 72.7 WAR. Walker could really do it all.
Where does this leave us?
Another year goes by and another year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons are not inducted into Cooperstown. The voters have made it known throughout the years that they will not induct PED users into the Hall (Outside of Jeff Bagwell, Mark Piazza, and Pudge Rodriguez). However, Bonds and Clemons both are up to 60 percent and if any of the PED users deserve to get in it is both of these men. Bonds is arguably the greatest hitter of all time while Clemons won over 350 games and struck out over 4,500 hitters.
Next year will be an interesting year as the only person to enter the ballot will be Tori Hunter.
This leaves them with a better chance to get in. Will they get to 75 percent by 2022? I think so.
They certainly deserve to get in.