Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame, and Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor Tuesday.
Jeter, the longtime New York Yankees captain, appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, falling just shy of the standard set last year when longtime Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection. Jeter’s 99.7 voting percentage moved above Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3%) for the second highest.
It was not immediately known which voter didn’t choose Jeter, who was listed on all 219 ballots made public by Ryan Thibodaux’s vote tracker before the announcement. The BBWAA will release additional ballots on Feb. 4 of writers who chose a public listing.
“Well, I look at all the votes that I got,” Jeter said. “Trying to get that many people to agree on something is pretty difficult to do. So that’s not something that’s on [my] mind.”
Walker got 304 votes, six above the 75% needed and up from 54.6% last year. Walker’s increase of 22 percentage points in his final year of eligibility is the highest among the seven players to get into the Hall in their last year of eligibility, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
He was making his 10th and final appearance on the BBWAA ballot and tweeted earlier in the day, “I believe I’m going to come up a little short today,” after checking the vote tracker and projecting he would finish at 73.3%.