New York Yankees’ legend Derek Jeter is set to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame tonight in a time when baseball is missing
To say that it was a rough week for Major League Baseball would be an understatement. It started with the Commissioner’s Report outlining the Houston Astros complex scheme of stealing signs and relaying those signs via banging on trash cans. By the end of last week, players were being accused of wearing buzzers under their jerseys. Multiple managers have lost their jobs after being named, but none of the players have taken accountability for their poor choice of actions.
Tonight, Major League Baseball will try to divert attention away from the scandal by announcing the Class of 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, led by New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter. The Yankees shortstop from 1995- 2014 looks to join his former teammate Mariano Rivera as the only player to receive unanimous support from the voters. Jeter represents a leader, a role model for every little league player to emulate.
A kid who grew up to live out his wildest dream on the biggest stage. He thrived in an era of steroids without even a suspicion that he was cheating the game that he loved. The five-time World Series champion never let the pressure of playing under the bright light of New York City affect him. In the postseason the moment just never seemed too big for him.
It’s not a matter of if he will be elected into Cooperstown, but instead if he will have unanimous support. Voting Jeter is as much about his contributions to the game, as it is a vote for the future of the game. Also featured on the ballot are Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, both talented players, but forever scarred by the steroid asterisk next to their name. The cheating accusations are in stark contrast to everything Derek Jeter stood for during his time on the field.
Jeter is viewed as someone who played the game the right way. With everything that happened just this past week and the shady past of other inductees, voters need to embrace players like Jeter who thrived because of hard work and not because of shortcuts.