Derek Jeter Should Be Baseball’s Second Unanimous Hall of Famer

This was a very cool play.

With last year’s election of Mariano Rivera, voters rid themselves of an arcane, self-imposed burden: finally, for the first time in 86 years, they had unanimously enshrined a player in Cooperstown. The practice has long been ridiculous and inexcusable, and it is time for it to become nothing but a relic of history and not merely an accident of the perfect player. Fortunately for voters, another candidate worthy of unanimous enshrinement is on the ballot for the first time: Derek Jeter. This is a chance for voters to continue to right old wrongs.

Now, it may seem self-evident that a blog whose banner image captures the aftermath of one of Jeter’s most iconic moments would argue this case. And it is true, of course, that I am a Yankees fan to my core. I watched more than 150 Yankee games in 2019, and in every season before this one for as long as I can remember. It’s fair to say that I am more than a bit biased.

What is not biased, on the other hand, is Jeter’s candidacy. He straightforwardly belongs in the Hall of Fame. Consider his lifetime offensive achievements, devoid of all context. In nearly 3,000 MLB games and…

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