Can Jeter Become The First To Receive A 100% Approval Rating?
Where to begin when talking about Derek Jeter’s career…
He played 20 seasons in the MLB for the New York Yankees and has a whole slew of accomplishments under his belt. Jeter is considered to be one of the most consistent baseball players of all time.
Jeter will become eligible for the Hall of Fame on the 2020 ballot, and that has people wondering, will he be a unanimous Hall of Fame Selection?
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The Baseball Hall of Fame is, by nature, extremely selective when it comes to inducting new members.
Just three years ago, no one received the privilege of induction into the 2013 class, after each candidate failed to reach the minimum 75% voting threshold for entry.
This year, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza made up the entire Hall of Fame class of 2016, bringing with them a combined total of 1,057 career home runs and 25 All-Star Game appearances.
One point of discussion that arose once the final ballot entries were tallied was the record-breaking 99.3% approval rating that Ken Griffey Jr. received from this year’s voters. He earned 437 of the 440 total votes cast, leaving many to question what reason those three particular voters had to leave Griffey off their ballots.
Though “The Kid” may have missed out on unanimous selection to Cooperstown, the possibility of a player receiving the never-before-done honor is still up in the air. Does former Yankees captain and first-ballot Hall of Fame lock Derek Jeter have a chance to be the first?
Per the official voting rules page on the BBWAA website, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”
Are there many other baseball players in history who meet and exceed every one of those criteria than former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter?
The Captain was as decorated a player as any during his two decades in the Majors. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996, was named to 14 All-Star games, earned five Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers and helped the Yankees win five World Series titles during his career, taking home Series MVP honors in 2000.
Off the field, Jeter has accomplished just as much with his Turn 2 Foundation, a charitable organization he founded as a rookie in 1996 to “to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior” as well as “support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol.”
It’s tough to say whether or not the BBWAA voters will make Jeter the first and only unanimous selection for the Hall four years from now.
Jeter was bigger than baseball, a model athlete and player, a consistent leader and performer on and off the field and the Captain of professional sports’ most successful franchise.
Griffey may have missed out on a 100% score by the skin of his teeth, but Derek Jeter certainly has a chance to become the first to ever achieve the unprecedented feat of Hall of Fame unanimity.
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