Derek Jeter’s imperfections on the field energized the sabermetric community for years, yet that doesn’t prevent him from attaining perfection over the next couple of months.
The former Yankees captain, now the Marlins’ CEO, headlined the Hall of Fame’s list of new candidates, released Monday, on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s ballot. Zero doubt exists that the All-Star shortstop will pass the 75 percent threshold necessary for 2020 induction. The primary suspense surrounding Jeter will be: Can he match his Core Fourmate Mariano Rivera, who made history last year when he received 425 of 425 votes, reaching the 100 percent mark that had been untouched (by writers) since 1936?
Locally, Jeter’s quest to tie Rivera’s unbeatable percentage ranks as the top Hall of Fame storyline, and we enjoy such storylines’ steady developments thanks to the yeoman’s work performed by Ryan Thibodaux, better known as @NotMrTibbs on Twitter, who keeps a running tally as most voters publish their ballots (or share them privately with Thibodaux).
Here are other tales to follow between now and the announcement of the writers’ ballot, Jan. 21, 2020 on the MLB…