Derek Jeter Falls One Vote Short

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Did Jeter Deserve To Be Unanimously Selected Into The Hall of Fame?

Derek Jeter was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday with 99.7% of the votes.  The former Yankees shortstop fell one vote short of being the second player ever to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame. 

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Jeter received all but one vote (396 of 397) from the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Jeter’s teammate Mariano Rivera was voted unanimously last season becoming the first player ever receiving 100% of the votes. 

Jeter will be joined by former Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who received 76.6% of the vote. 

The former Yankee is a 14 time All-Star and a five-time Silver Slugger winner. He led New York to five World Series titles, seven AL pennants and 16 postseason appearances.   Jeter was part of the Yankees roster that won World Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.
Jeter is arguably one of the best shortstops to ever play the game.  But did he deserve to be unanimous selection into the baseball Hall of Fame?

According to BBWAA voter Ken Huckaby, that answer is no. While the world awaits his thought process, in my opinion, Jeter should have been unanimously selected to the Hall of Fame. 

Jeter was the face of the New York Yankees and the leader of the Yankees dynasty while he played for the Bronx Bombers. 

Defensively Jeter wasn’t a very good shortstop.  Offensively, Jeter was superior at the position. 

Shop for officially licensed MLB Caps from New Era at Shop.MLB.comJeter made his big league debut in 1995 and played his first full season in 1996.  He’s sixth all time with 3,465 hits. 

The Captain hit 260 home runs, had 1,311 RBI, and batted .310 over the course of his career. 

Jeter never had a blemish on his image - he was squeaky clean.  He was the focus of numerous Nike ad promotions, including the Resp2ct campaign. 

Unless you want to count 1996, when Jeter hit a fly ball to the right field pitch against the Orioles, and then eight-year old Jeffrey Maier reached over the right field wall to snag the ball resulting, in a home run for DJ.  Umpire Rich Garcia did not call fan interference and Jeter was awarded the home run. 

Jeter was nails in the postseason.  He was dubbed Mr. November because of how clutch he was in the World Series.  He won five World Series championships in his 14-years in the league. 

Jeter played 158 postseason games, he had 200 hits over those games, 20 home runs, 61 RBI and batted .308. 

One of the most memorable plays of Jeter’s career was the flip to catcher Jorge Posada at home plate to tag out Jeremy Giambi in the 2001 ALDS. 

There was also Jeter’s famous dive into the stands in the 12th inning of a July 1, 2004 game at home against the Red Sox.  While Nomar sat on the bench to watch one of the greatest plays into the stands in recent memory. 

He was particularly good when the lights were shining the brightest in the World Series.  Jeter played in seven Fall Classics, where he hit .321 had three home runs and nine RBI. 
The Subway Series in 2000 versus the Mets was Jeter’s best World Series.  Jeter batted .409 in the series with an outstanding 1.344 OPS.  He had two doubles, a triple, two home runs and two RBIs in the series.  He was also named the World Series MVP that year. 

The Jeter haters will argue he never won an MVP, he never hit 25 or more home runs, and only drove in 100 RBI once. 

The Yankees didn’t need Jeter to do that, though. 

Jeter was consistent, year in and year out.  Jeter displayed his excellence on the biggest stage in the world playing for the Yankees. 

Jeter was called out in an episode of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.  In the episode, Larry David was on the phone with a stone mason and the topic of Jeter fame up in the background to where the stone mason said “that guy sucks, he’s the most overrated player in baseball.” 

Statistically people will argue whether he should have been a unanimous selection to the baseball Hall of Fame.  One thing you can’t argue is Jeter was one of the greatest players I’ve gotten to ever see. 

He was part of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry that will arguably never be matched again.  He was the most impactful player for almost 20 years for the Yankees and Major League Baseball. 

Jeter will be the 61st Yankee to be elected to the Hall of Fame and 26th shortstop to go to Cooperstown. 

Even though he played for the hated New York Yankees, forever #Resp2ct to one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game in my lifetime.

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