Baseball Hall of Fame’s flaws put on display again with 2020 class


The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is seen during the Baseball Hall of Fame weekend on July 29, 2006 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter shined in every way. On the field and off. In New York and in the clutch.

He wasn’t good enough for one Hall of Fame voter.

Jeter received 396 of 397 votes on Tuesday, earning a near-perfect score on his way to Cooperstown. He also failed to match former teammate Mariano Rivera, who remains the only unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer in baseball history. Even though Jeter never coughed up Game 7 of a World Series.

And if you’re not sated by outrage just yet, note that Brad Penny, J.J. Putz, Adam Dunn and Raul Ibanez each recorded one official Hall of Fame vote.

Whenever your blood boils over media-created absurdities like these, remember that Halls of Fame are just museums. They are filled with questionable…

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