When the time comes, this is the only reason that Derek Jeter will not be a unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame: Because no one ever has.
Hey, I didn’t say it was a good reason. If you can come up with a better one, let me know. Until then, I will believe Jeter deserves the vote of every voting member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which totaled 573 (including myself) last year.
...At this pace, Jeter will have no trouble getting the 29 hits he needs to pass Willie Mays for 10th place by the end of the season. Looking to 2013, Jeter needs 176 hits to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the list.
From there, only Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and No. 1 Pete Rose, with 4,256 hits, will rank ahead of him. If somehow Jeter managed to collect the 1,001 hits he needs to reach Rose—a long shot—it would be difficult for even the crustiest cynic to leave Jeter off their first ballot.
When you factor in how he has carried himself off the field as well as on it, Jeter doesn’t need to become the hits king to make history. He’s already deserving of being the first unanimous Hall of Famer.
Posted: August 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM | 133 comment(s)
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