The 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is headlined by none other than New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter. An icon for roughly 20 seasons, this is the first year Jeter is eligible for a selection. After such an illustrious career, it begs the question: Should Jeter be a unanimous vote?
When looking at the ballot, there is a bevy of popular and deserving names. Jeter’s name shines the brightest, though, and it’s highly likely he leads this ballot in votes. And while being a first-ballot Hall of Famer is an incredible honor, being a unanimous selection is nearly unheard of.
Only one player in the history of baseball has earned a unanimous selection into the Hall of Fame. That would be the great Mariano Rivera, who was inducted in 2019.
A first-ballot case
Jeter’s case for the Hall of Fame is rock solid. He was consistently one of the league’s best contact hitters with the durability of being available nearly every season. Even the biggest detractors of Jeter must admit his impact in the box gave the Yankees an advantage every game.
A five-time World Series champion and 14-time All-Star, Jeter’s career…