February 25, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 38, Carl Yastrzemski (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

This year, as you probably heard, someone decided not to vote Derek Jeter into the Hall of Fame. The person, one of 397 voters, has remained anonymous as I write this, and I expect he or she will continue to stay silent because there’s no upside in coming out in today’s world and letting a social mob unload all of its fury on you.

Does that non-vote really matter? No. Jeter’s plaque will look just like all the other plaques in the Hall of Fame. There is no gold star affixed or special privilege for being elected unanimously. Frankly, it might even be a little embarrassing to be elected unanimously when you are surrounded by immortals like Henry…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 38, Carl Yastrzemski” at The Athletic