Omar Vizquel won’t be a part of the 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame class, but his positive march toward induction continued on Tuesday night.
Derek Jeter, who fell one vote short of being the second unanimous selection in baseball history, and Larry Walker, who just earned induction in his 10th and final year on the ballot, were the only two players who earned induction with the 2020 class.
Vizquel, in his third year on the ballot, received 52.6 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. It’s a positive step for Vizquel, who garnered 42.8 percent of the vote in 2019 and 37 percent in 2018, his first year on the ballot. A candidate needs 75 percent of the vote to earn induction.
Vizquel’s Hall of Fame case is a complicated one, and somewhat resembles a tug-of-war between the positive arguments, including his standing as one of the best defensive shortstops of all time, his longevity, counting numbers and three All-Star appearances but also the issue that he was rarely viewed as one of the elite players in the game and never was in the top-15 in MVP voting. All of those factors have been weighed by voters, and Vizquel has often been right…