New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were the lone members of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class voted in by the BBWA.
The Captain, Derek Jeter is finally off to Cooperstown after getting 99.7% of the Hall of Fame votes. One vote shy (396 out of 397 votes) of joining his teammate, Mariano Rivera, as the only players in history to be unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Great shortstops have donned pinstripes in team history. There have been champions, all-stars, MVPs and a few Phil Rizzuto, and Joe Sewell, have made it into the Hall of Fame. Jeter, however, will go down as the greatest shortstop in New York Yankees history and one of the best players to ever put on a Yankees uniform.
His numbers back up the lofty proclamation. Here’s where Jeter ranks all-time in Yankees history:
- First in games played: 2,747 games
- First in hits: 3,465 hits
- First in stolen bases: 358 stolen bases
- Second in runs scored: 1,923 runs
- Fifth (among position players) in career WAR: 72.4 WAR
- Sixth in RBI’s: 1,311 RBI
- Eighth in batting average: .310 career BA
- Ninth in home runs: 260 HR
The Captian ranks among the top-10 of almost every significant Bronx Bombers offensive category in addition to his outstanding defense which led to him winning five Gold Glove Awards. From 1995-2014, he solidified himself as one of the best New York Yankees of all-time and certainly the best Yankees player of my generation.
Let’s take a look at some of the top moments of his Hall of Fame career. There were so many great moments, over the 20 seasons he spent in pinstripes, narrowing the list to just 10 was very difficult.