There he stood. It was 3:08 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Tim Mead stood right in the spotlight of a MLB Network production.
After a six-minute break for commercials that left viewers hanging, Mead was front and center to announce the 2020 inductees for baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Just before the break, Hall of Fame voters were asked to predict the results.
Peter Gammons and Ken Rosenthal said it would be Derek Jeter and Larry Walker.
Jayson Stark and Joel Sherman predicted Jeter alone.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens?
One, but not the other. Both?
Mead, the long-ago San Gorgonio High baseball product, had the answer after that commercial break.
MLB Network host Brian Kenny handed a full camera shot over to Mead, who had made a career of it with the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels for around four decades before taking on the role as Hall of Fame president last year.
Walker, on his 10th year of eligibility, got in ⎯ but barely. Mead announced the ex-Expo, ex-Rockie, ex-Cardinal first of all.
Up next: Jeter, who spent two decades playing shortstop for the Yankees, and was fully expected to be named. There was one…