Derek Jeter has made appearances in comedies like “The Other Guys” and “Anger Management” as well as a legendary appearance as the host of “Saturday Night Live,” but the former Yankees star may have kept his best joke for his crowning glory.
As Yankees fans flooded Cooperstown to witness the former captain’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jeter had a few choice words for the one writer who kept him from becoming a unanimous selection during his career. first year of eligibility.
“Thanks to the baseball writers – all but one of you who voted for me,” Jeter joked to a laughing crowd.
Jeter recorded 396 votes out of the 397 ballots, which kept him from joining former teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous pick in the first round of the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s unclear who the offending writer is, given that Hall of Fame ballots remain anonymous unless writers choose to make them public.
After a 20-year career that has seen all 14-time All-Stars win five World Series titles, Jeter enters Cooperstown with the second highest all-time vote percentage behind Rivera with 99.74%.
Several Yankees legends like CC Sabathia, Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez were also in attendance, along with NBA Hall of Fame members Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing. Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker, who ignited social media with his SpongeBob shout, filled the class of 2020 with Jeter.
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