Derek Jeter won’t be the first player elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in unanimous fashion. His old New York Yankee teammate, Mariano Rivera, .
Yet, as ballots are tallied in January and induction ensues on July 26 in Cooperstown, Jeter, unanimous or not, will represent a final checkpoint in baseball’s shrine: The last Hall of Famer for which widespread fame was truly a part of the equation.
While advanced metrics and a general sense he was merely an average defensive shortstop have haunted Jeter the past two decades, he is objectively, overwhelmingly qualified for Cooperstown. With 3,465 hits and a .310 average over 20 seasons, and a postseason dossier extensive enough to comprise a 21st season, Jeter has more than enough ammo to quiet the naysayers.
He will have his day