Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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.

  • Derek Jeter (99.7%, first time on the ballot)
  • Larry Walker (76.6%, 54.6% last year)
  • Curt Schilling (70.0%, 60.9%)
  • Roger Clemens (61.0%, 59.5%)
  • Barry Bonds (60.7%, 59.1%)
  • Omar Vizquel (52.6%, 42.8%)
  • Scott Rolen (35.3%, 17.2%)
  • Billy Wagner (31.7%, 16.7%)
  • Gary Sheffield (30.5%, 13.6%)
  • Todd Helton (29.2%, 16.5%)
  • Manny Ramirez (28.2%, 22.8%)
  • Jeff Kent (27.5%, 18.1%)
  • Andruw Jones (19.4%, 7.5%)
  • Sammy Sosa (13.9%, 8.5%)
  • Andy Pettitte (11.3%, 9.9%)
  • Bobby Abreu (5.5%, first time on ballot)

To see how actual numbers stacked up against the much hyped 2020 BBHOF Tracker…CLICK HERE.

This article first appeared on Hall of Very Good and was syndicated with permission.


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2020 / NYY / SS
Derek Jeter
2019 / NYY / RP
Mariano Rivera
2019 / TOR / SP
Roy Halladay
2018 / ATL / 3B
Chipper Jones
2018 / CLE / 1B
Jim Thome
2017 / TEX / C
Ivan Rodriguez
2016 / SEA / OF
Ken Griffey Jr.
2015 / ARZ / SP
Randy Johnson
2015 / BOS / SP
Pedro Martinez
2015 / ATL / SP
John Smoltz
2014 / ATL / SP
Tom Glavine
2014 / NONE / SP
Greg Maddux
2014 / CHW / 1B
Frank Thomas
2009 / OAK / OF
Rickey Henderson
2007 / SD / OF
Tony Gwynn
2007 / BAL / SS
Cal Ripken Jr.
2005 / BOS / 3B
Wade Boggs
2004 / OAK / RP
Dennis Eckersley
2004 / MIL / 3B
Paul Molitor
2003 / BAL / 1B
Eddie Murray
2002 / STL / SS
Ozzie Smith
2001 / MIN / OF
Kirby Puckett
2001 / SD / OF
Dave Winfield
1999 / KC / 3B
George Brett
1999 / TEX / SP
Nolan Ryan
1999 / MIL / SS
Robin Yount
1995 / PHI / 3B
Mike Schmidt
1994 / PHI / SP
Steve Carlton
1993 / NYY / OF
Reggie Jackson
1992 / NYM / SP
Tom Seaver
1991 / MIN / 1B
Rod Carew
1990 / CIN / 2B
Joe Morgan
1990 / BAL / SP
Jim Palmer
1989 / CIN / C
Johnny Bench
1989 / BOS / OF
Carl Yastrzemski
1988 / PIT / OF
Willie Stargell
1986 / SF / 1B
Willie McCovey
1985 / STL / OF
Lou Brock
1983 / BAL / 3B
Brooks Robinson
1982 / ATL / OF
Hank Aaron
1982 / BAL / OF
Frank Robinson
1981 / STL / SP
Bob Gibson
1980 / DET / OF
Al Kaline
1979 / SF / OF
Willie Mays
1977 / CHC / SS
Ernie Banks
1974 / NYY / OF
Mickey Mantle
1973 / PIT / OF
Roberto Clemente
1973 / MIL / SP
Warren Spahn
1972 / LAD / SP
Sandy Koufax
1969 / STL / OF
Stan Musial
1966 / BOS / OF
Ted Williams
1962 / CLE / SP
Bob Feller
1962 / BKD / 2B
Jackie Robinson

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