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Lone Voter Who Left Derek Jeter off Hall of Fame Ballot Keeps Vote Private

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2020

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter speaks during the Baseball Hall of Fame news conference, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, in New York. Jeter and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker will both join the 2020 Hall of Fame class. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter was one vote shy of a unanimous Hall of Fame induction, and the voter who did not check the shortstop's name on his or her ballot elected to keep the decision private.

The Baseball Writers Association of America released 315 public ballots Tuesday, all of which included Jeter. ESPN.com noted the longtime captain was on 396 of 397 ballots as one of two players elected this year, alongside Larry Walker.

That lone non-vote prevented Jeter from joining former teammate Mariano Rivera as the only player to be inducted to the Hall of Fame unanimously.

ESPN.com explained the Hall of Fame's board of directors overruled a 2011 decision by the BBWAA to make ballots public, leaving the discretion up to the individual voter.

While Jeter did not receive a vote on every ballot, he was unquestionably a Hall of Fame player who helped define a generation of baseball for the Bronx Bombers. His resume includes the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year award, five Silver Slugger awards, five Gold Gloves, 14 All-Star selections and 3,465 career hits.

Yet, it was the winning that separated him from so many other great players.

He helped lead the Yankees to five World Series titles during his 20 years with the team, taking home the Fall Classic's MVP award in 2000. New York made the playoffs in 17 of his 20 seasons, advancing to the World Series seven times.

Jeter, Walker and Modern Era Committee selections Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller will be inducted to the Hall of Fame on July 26.

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