Derek Jeter fell one vote shy of becoming the second unanimous selection ever to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His former teammate with the New York Yankees, Mariano Rivera, was the first to receive the honor.
Jeter, a former 14-time All-Star, received 396 out of 397 votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America when the results were released Tuesday.
Jeter's 99.7 percent of the vote is the second-highest ever after Rivera's unanimous selection in 2019, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Ken Griffey Jr.'s 99.3 was the top mark before the two members of the Yankees' "Core Four" entered Cooperstown.
"I look at all the votes that I got," Jeter said, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "It takes a lot of votes to get elected in the Hall of Fame. Trying to get that many people to agree on something is pretty difficult to do, so that's not something that's on my mind.
"I'm just extremely excited and honored to be elected."
Current MLB players, athletes, and writers felt differently.
Jeter finished his career with 3,465 career hits, the sixth-most in baseball history, and five championships after spending 20 years with the Yankees. He also won five Silver Sluggers and five Gold Gloves.