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Mystery unsolved: Lone Jeter no-vote unknown

February 4, 2020

Even with additional ballots being made public, we still don’t know which Hall of Fame voter left off Derek Jeter. The Yankees' longtime captain fell just one vote shy of joining former teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous selections. • Jeter's Hall call near-unanimous; Walker elected On Tuesday, the

Jeter, Walker forever linked by 'highest honor'

January 22, 2020

NEW YORK -- Different paths. Same destination. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were formally introduced Wednesday as the two newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020, rounding out the four-man group that also includes Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons.

Walker: 'I have no idea why I wore that shirt'

January 22, 2020

NEW YORK -- Larry Walker is known as a guy who loves to pull pranks and crack jokes. When he was officially introduced with Derek Jeter as the newest members of the Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon, quite a few members of the media were expecting Walker to wear

Wait, what? 10 Hall of Famers not in on 1st ballot

January 22, 2020

Derek Jeter stormed into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Why wouldn't he? The Yankees' Captain is one of the most iconic players in recent baseball history. But not every MLB icon can lay claim to the title of first-ballot Hall of Famer. Since the advent

Final time's the charm: Walker elected to HOF

Rockies great appears on 76% of ballots, jumping 22% from last year
January 22, 2020

DENVER -- Statistics never really captured Larry Walker, especially during the 10 years of his career he spent with the Rockies in a hitter-friendly but difficult-to-measure atmosphere. Ultimately, the numbers simply could not hold him back. In his final year on the ballot, Walker was elected to the Hall of

Schilling falls short of Hall in 8th year on ballot

January 21, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- Curt Schilling fell short of Cooperstown again, but he is trending in the right direction. He still has time. Schilling learned Tuesday that he will not be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, after his name appeared on 70 percent of ballots cast by the Baseball

Wagner's HOF vote trajectory promising

January 21, 2020

NEW YORK -- Among the most intriguing subplots to the 2020 Hall of Fame vote was the ballot total for Billy Wagner, who nearly doubled his support from 16.7 percent in 2019 to 31.7 percent this year. Widely considered one of the best closers in Major League history, Wagner --

1 vote shy: Jeter just misses 100%

January 21, 2020

NEW YORK -- It was a telephone call that all of baseball expected, and still Derek Jeter said that he sensed his nerves spike. Over two decades of big league success, the former Yankees shortstop cemented a reputation for shining when the stakes were at their highest, but this situation

What's next? Top storylines for '21 HOF ballot

January 21, 2020

Tuesday’s Hall of Fame announcement brought the long-awaited and inevitable coronation of Derek Jeter and the dramatic conclusion to Larry Walker’s 10-year ballot saga. But what’s next? With Jeter now headed to the Hall in near-unanimous fashion (99.7 percent) and Walker completing an unprecedented surge up the polls in his

Vizquel gains more support in bid for Hall

January 21, 2020

CLEVELAND – They say slow and steady wins the race, and longtime Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel’s Hall of Fame hopes are trending in the right direction. Vizquel received 209 of 397 votes cast (52.6 percent) by tenured members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, as announced Tuesday on MLB

Former Astros Clemens, Schilling inch near Hall

January 21, 2020

HOUSTON -- A pair of former Astros pitchers surged closer to perhaps gaining induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in voting that was released on Tuesday. Curt Schilling, who pitched with the Astros in 1991 before becoming a star with the Phillies and later the D-backs and Red

Off HOF ballot, Konerko's status as icon endures

January 21, 2020

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko did not receive the required 5% of support from the ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to remain on future ballots for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. So, the White Sox first baseman finishing with 10 votes of the 397

Upward tick for Bonds, but no Hall of Fame yet

January 21, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Giants star Barry Bonds crept forward in his bid for the Hall of Fame, but he appears to be heading into the final two years of his eligibility on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot with little momentum propelling him toward Cooperstown. Tuesday’s Hall of

16 players fall off after 1st year on HOF ballot

January 21, 2020

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected two new members to the Hall of Fame, as announced Tuesday on MLB Network. Yankees legend Derek Jeter was selected on his first ballot with 99.7 percent of the vote, and former Expos, Rockies and Cardinals great Larry Walker was selected in his

HOF 2020: Jeter nearly unanimous; Walker gets in

January 21, 2020

Derek Jeter barely missed unanimity. Larry Walker barely eluded agony. What matters most is that both men are now enjoying entry into baseball’s hallowed Hall. The subjects of two very different versions of Hall of Fame voting drama, Jeter and Walker both had their names called Tuesday night on MLB

Rolen short of Hall; Dunn, Konerko off ballot

January 21, 2020

CINCINNATI -- A trio of former Reds -- outfielder Adam Dunn, third baseman Scott Rolen and first baseman Paul Konerko -- were all on the 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and all three came up short when the voting was revealed Tuesday. As anticipated, Yankees great Derek Jeter

Every first-ballot Hall of Famer in MLB history

January 21, 2020

Among the tens of thousands of players, managers, owners, executives and other personnel that have made their marks on baseball, only a select 329 are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 232 of them players. And among that elite group, 57 players have been granted an even more

Capping career with Cards, Walker a HOFer

In final year on ballot, slugger joins Simmons in '20 class; Rolen gains
January 21, 2020

Two former Cardinals players will be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer. Rockies great and former Cardinals outfielder Larry Walker will join former Cards catcher Ted Simmons as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2020. They are the 50th and 51st individuals with ties to the

HOF players and managers, broken down by team

Cap choices accompany legends' Cooperstown plaques for eternity
January 21, 2020

When Induction Day rolls around in Cooperstown, the biggest thrill for a fanbase (outside of celebrating the actual player, of course) might be seeing its team's logo ensconced on the bronze plaque. The designation typically means that the player defined his career in that city -- or perhaps even led

Ex-Nats Soriano, Dunn drop off HOF ballot

Former Expo Walker elected to Hall in final year of eligibility
January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Their chances to make it to Cooperstown went much like their respective tenures with the Nationals -- short-lived, yet still somewhat memorable. Neither Alfonso Soriano nor Adam Dunn met the 5% threshold during their first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, meaning the duo not only missed

Sosa sees slight rise, but well short of Hall

January 21, 2020

CHICAGO -- Cubs great Sammy Sosa debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot seven years ago, entering the discussion for enshrinment at the same time as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Statistics have only been one aspect of the debate about their polarizing careers and list of accomplishments. As time

These players barely missed HOF on final ballot

January 21, 2020

After a 10-year wait, Larry Walker was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 2020, becoming just the seventh player ever to make the Hall in his final year on the ballot. In the process, Walker avoided joining another group of players who

Complete 2020 Hall of Fame election results

January 21, 2020

Below are the results of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote to elect the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020, with vote totals and percentages. A total of 397 ballots were cast, with 298 required for election. • 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame coverage

Here are the Top 10 moments in Jeter's career

January 21, 2020

NEW YORK -- As Derek Jeter rounded the bases for his 3,000th career hit in 2011, having become the first Yankees player to reach the milestone, television announcer Michael Kay proclaimed that the captain’s homer off the Rays’ David Price had constituted “history -- with an exclamation point!” That phrase

The 7 HOFers elected in final year on ballot

January 21, 2020

Some Hall of Fame candidates are no-doubt picks, cruising into Cooperstown on the first ballot. Other cases aren't so simple, requiring years of debate, hand-wringing, and consternation, as supporters try to change minds, and doubters dig in their heels. Sometimes progress is incremental, and sometimes it comes all at once.