Derek Jeter is the recent inductee in the Baseball Hall Of Fame with Larry Walker.
These are the words with which everyone remembers the all-time great shortstop Derek Jeter. He was the latest entrant to the baseball hall of fame. It is disheartening to see that he fell short of a single vote for unanimous. Currently, he stands 2nd in the list of Hall of Famers in terms of votes received just behind his fellow Yankee Moriano Riviera. Most importantly, Derek Jeter is way ahead of the legends Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra in terms of percentage votes received.
Derek Jeter started his career with the New York Yankees on May 29, 1995, positioned at shortstop replacing Tony Fernandez. He played all 20 of his seasons for the Yankees in the same position. In his final game at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single against Orioles win the game, 6–5.
He played his final match on September 28, 2014, at the Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. It was Didi Gregorius who replaced the captain for the 2015 season. So he is regarded as one of the primary contributors to the Yankees’ success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning, fielding, and leadership.
Jeter was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996. After that, he finished in the top 10 of AL MVP balloting eight times. He is a 14-time all-star. In addition to this, Derek Jeter scored 100 or more runs 13 times and ranks sixth all-time with 3,465 career hits. Above all, he led the Yankees to 5 world series titles. Similarly, the postseason record of Derek Jeter is astonishing as he played in 158 postseason games with .309 postseason batting average and a .321 batting average in the World Series. In conclusion, he is one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
In July 2017, Jeter engaged in the bidding for ownership of the Miami Marlins. Although Jeter only owns a 4% stake in the franchise, he is currently the chief executive officer of the team.
“I’m most proud that I was a Yankee,” he said. “It was the only thing I ever wanted to do as long as I could remember, to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. When it’s all said and done, that’s what I’m most proud of.”
“Thanks to Derek, we reached the pinnacle of the baseball world five times, and he will forever be a defining player of his generation,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said in a statement. “Congratulations on an honor well-earned.”
The Captain had the most lustrous career a baseball player can imagine.
The induction will happen on July 26 at the Hall in Cooperstown, New York.