Shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Jeter’s induction has long been considered a foregone conclusion since the Yankees’ captain retired after the 2014 seasons. It was his first year of Hall eligibility and he garnered all but one of the 397 votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Jeter just missed joining teammate and 2019 Hall inductee Mariano Rivera as unanimous choices. It was not immediately known which voter didn’t choose Jeter.
Walker, who cleared the 75-percent threshold for enshrinement by six votes in his final year of eligibility. He spent his 17-year career with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, winning the 1997 National League MVP for Colorado. He hit .366 that season with a career-high 49 homers, 130 RBIs and a .720 slugging percentage. Walker won NL batting crowns in 1998 (.363) and 1999 (.372). Known for his athleticism and strong arm, Walker won seven Gold Gloves during his career. Walker’s .965 career OPS ranks 15th all-time.