For 20 years, Derek Jeter called the Bronx home. It’s where he witnessed his 3,000 hit sail into the left-field seating and where he culminated his illustrious career with five World Series championships. Alongside Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, Jeter, one of the most decorated players to ever wear the pinstripes, will take his rightful place in Cooperstown, N.Y..
Jeter received 99.7 percent of the votes, appearing on 396-of-397 ballots, as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected the longtime Yankees shortstop into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“This is something that I think when you start off your career, you’re never thinking about the Hall of Fame,” Jeter told MLB Network. “This is the highest honor that could be given to any individual that plays this game. I was speechless when I got the call. Everyone said anticipate a phone call coming at such and such time, but quite frankly I was pretty nervous. When I got (the call), I didn’t know what to say.”