Jan 22, 2020

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Kendall Baker, author of Sports

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Derek Jeter came one vote short of being the second-ever unanimous pick for the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, while Rockies legend Larry Walker also earned baseball's highest honor.

The state of play: Jeter appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, falling just shy of the standard set last year by his longtime teammate Mariano Rivera.

  • With 99.7% of the vote, Jeter moved past Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3%) for the second-highest vote count.
  • Walker got 304 votes, six above the 75% needed and up from 54.6% last year. His 22% jump is the highest among the seven players to get into the Hall in their final year of eligibility, per ESPN.

More results:

  • Curt Schilling was third with 278 votes (70%) in his eighth year on the ballot, an increase from 60.9% but still 20 votes shy.
  • Roger Clemens (59.5% to 61%) and Barry Bonds (59.1% to 60.7%) barely saw an uptick. With two more years each on the ballot, this will likely come down to 2022, when they'll be joined by Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz.
  • Omar Vizquel (42.8% to 52.6%) and Scott Rolen (17.2% to 35.3%) made big jumps.

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