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Jeter, Walker elected to Hall of Fame

Yankees legend Derek Jeter and Rockies MVP Larry Walker were both elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday, albeit in very different fashions.

Jeter fell one vote shy from a perfect 100%. Walker finished with just six votes more than the minimum necessary.

The full vote can be found here.

Jeter's candidacy needed no explanation. With five World Series rings, Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers, his trophy case is one of the most decorated in baseball history. He racked up 3,465 hits, 544 doubles, 260 home runs and 72.4 WAR over a 20 year career, all with the Yankees.

He received the highest percentage of votes (99.7%) for a position player ever.

Walker's election is one of the great comeback stories in Hall of Fame voting history. Walker received only 10.2% of the vote in 2014, his fourth year of the ballot. His vote percentage surged from 34.1% to 54.6% in 2019, and then again to 76.6% in 2020.

A 17 year MLB vet, Walker won three batting titles and Silver Sluggers, seven Gold Gloves and was voted the National League Most Valuable Player in 1997. While some of his 383 career home runs and 1,311 RBI are a product of playing in Colorado for 10 years, his 141 OPS+ and 72.7 career WAR- stats that take him playing into Coors Field into consideration- are Hall of Fame worthy.

Jeter and Walker will join catcher Ted Simmons and MLBPA director Marvin Miller as the class of 2020. Simmons and Miller were voted in via the Modern Baseball Era Committee in December.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling once again inched a little closer to the necessary 75% of the vote, but fell short of enshrinement. Schilling finished with 70% of the vote, meaning he is very likely to be enshrined in 2021. Clemens had 61% of the vote, and Bonds 60.7%.

Omar Vizquel was the only other player to finish with more than half the vote (52.6%).

Of the players who did not come close to  being enshrined, Scott Rolen doubled his vote total from last year. Gary Sheffield, Billy Wagner, Todd Helton and Andruw Jones also saw double-digit gains this vote.

DK was the only member of DKPittsburghSports.com to have a ballot. He voted for Jeter, Schilling and Walker.

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