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Former Colorado Rockies star Larry Walker was a bundle of nerves after touring baseball’s Hall of Fame to prepare for his induction this summer.
The lone baseball writer who did not vote for Derek Jeter for the Hall of Fame chose to keep his or her ballot private.
Derek Jeter and Larry Walker rarely crossed paths during their time in the major leagues.
The identity of the voter who kept Derek Jeter from being a unanimous Hall of Fame pick may never be known – and both Jeter and the Hall are OK with that.
Larry Walker’s Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown will have a Colorado Rockies cap, not a Montreal Expos hat.
Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is awaiting his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera set a record with 652 saves. He says he always wanted to do “whatever it took to win, and it worked many times.” He is the first player unanimously voted into the Hall by the writers. He is part of a Cooperstown class that also includes Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina the late Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.
Edgar Martinez will go into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday as the first player to spend his entire career with the Seattle Mariners and make his way to Cooperstown. His numbers from 18 years of playing are staggering but often overlooked. Most of his career was spent tucked away in the Pacific Northwest on a team that until the 1995 season got little notice on the national stage. Martinez hit .312 with 309 home runs in 2,055 career games with the Mariners.
A Spokane Indians jersey is now in Cooperstown. And not just temporarily there. It’s a permanent part of the baseball hall of fame’s storied collection of artifacts celebrating the National Pastime.
Edgar Martinez continued his steady climb toward becoming the first player who was primarily a designated hitter to be elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Now, is there enough time remaining in Martinez’s two years eligibility to make up the remaining gap to reach the needed 75 percent of the vote?
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.