After Mariano Rivera became baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Famer a year ago, talk quickly turned to…who would be the next.
Would it be Ichiro in 2023? Does Albert Pujols have a chance when he becomes eligible?! Turns out, it almost happened this year as well.
On Tuesday, baseball’s all-time saves leader was joined in the Hall of Fame by the shortstop who joined him on all five of his World Series teams…Derek Jeter. The New York Yankees star received 396 of 397 possible votes, making him the 13th first ballot Hall of Famer in the last seven years.
While Jeter’s induction was all but presumed, most fans had their eyes on whether or not Larry Walker would be joining him. With 76.6% of this year’s vote (up from 54.6%), the 1997 National League MVP becomes the second Canadian in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Baseball’s Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will be inducted July 26 at the Clark Sports Center. Also making their way in…Modern Baseball Era inductees Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, Ford C. Frick Award winner Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and The J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient Nick Cafardo from The Boston Globe.
Here’s the breakdown among the top vote getters.
To see how actual numbers stacked up against the much hyped 2020 BBHOF Tracker…CLICK HERE.
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List does not include the five members of the initial Hall of Fame class of 1936.
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