Derek Jeter (Please excuse me) is Not Mariano Rivera

Jeter and Rivera - so close and yet so far different (Photo:


Derek Jeter’s unanimous selection to the HOF is all but wrapped up and tied with a bow. But unlike last year, it won’t be a lovefest in Cooperstown…

Derek Jeter, for two decades as the New York Yankee’s shortstop, accumulated all of the numbers necessary to make the Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF). And then some.

Sportswriter Jack Curry's 2018 HOF Ballot (Photo:
Sportswriter Jack Curry’s 2018 HOF Ballot (Photo:

Aside from the pill-popping Three Amigos (Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens), none of the remaining holdovers are close enough to gain selection this year.

Of the first-timers on the ballot, with luminaries like Chone Figgins, Brad Penny, and J.J. Putz among those listed, only Jeter will prevail.

So, unless the Modern Era Committee names someone from their ballot who isn’t dead, the stage is set for an exclusive Derek Jeter Day in Cooperstown, New York, on July 27.

As we know, Mariano Rivera became baseball’s first unanimous selection to the HOF last year. With justification, not a disparaging word of…

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