Everyone Loves Derek Jeter…Except One Person
It is ironic that yesterday I talked about social media because that is what sparked today’s segment.
At around 6:20 Tuesday night the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and ex-Rockies outfielder Larry Walker had been voted into the Cooperstown, New York shrine. With apologies to Walker, who earned just enough votes in his final year on the ballot, this is all about Jeter.
Once it was disclosed that he fell one vote shy of joining teammate Mariano Rivera as a unanimous choice social media went wild. From diehard fans to members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America from New York to L.A. came outrage as all questioned who was the one idiot among the 397 voters that cast ballots who did not select Jeter.
By the way we may never know because ballots remain private unless the voter himself (or herself) comes out and says they were the one.
As is often the case on Twitter some of the comments stepped over the line and even threatened the health of the non-Jeter voter. How dare someone not vote for the former Yankee captain.
You can certainly make the argument that Jeter might be the second greatest all-around shortstop to play the game, behind Honus Wagner who none of us saw play because he retired in 1917 and died 64 years ago. Anyway Jeter’s greatness is obvious even if like me you don’t like the Yankees because he played the game the right way and simply checks all the boxes.
I for one have always thought it was silly that some voters felt that no player should be selected in their first year of eligibility but it is their right to take that stance. It is somewhat ironic that last year Rivera became the first player chosen on every ballot considering he is only the 8th relief pitcher inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Let’s be honest, even Yankee fans have to admit that others were more deserving of unanimous selection. I mean 9 did not vote for Hank Aaron in his first year, 16 left Mike Schmidt off their ballot, 23 passed on Willie Mays. Even 11 did not vote for the aforementioned Honus Wagner.
So is it that big a deal that one writer chose not to vote for Jeter? Will it matter on July 26th when he takes his place on stage with some of the greatest players of all time? Do you think his speech will reflect disappointment?
The answers are no, no and no.