Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class

Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020.

On Sunday, July 26, they will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, along with former St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Ted Simmons and MLB Players Association executive director Marvin Miller, who were selected for induction to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee.

Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop and captain who led the team to five World Series championships, received 396 of 397 possible votes (99.7 percent) from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the second-highest voting percentage in baseball history behind his longtime teammate Mariano Rivera, who was elected unanimously in 2019. Click here to read Jeter’s SABR biography by Alan Cohen.

Walker, the five-tool outfield star for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals, was elected in his 10th and final year of eligibility on the writers’ ballot, receiving 304 votes (76.6 percent). Walker is only the second Canadian-born player elected to the Hall after Ferguson Jenkins, who was inducted in 1991. Click here to read Walker’s SABR biography by Alan Cohen.

The 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place July 24-26 in Cooperstown, New York. The late Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo will be honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award that weekend, along with Ford C. Frick Award recipient Ken “Hawk” Harrelson.

The other players to receive more than half of the ballots cast were pitchers Curt Schilling (70.0 percent) and Roger Clemens (61.0), outfielder Barry Bonds (60.7), and shortstop Omar Vizquel (52.6).

Find all published SABR biographies for Baseball Hall of Fame inductees — including members of the Class of 2020 — by clicking here.


Originally published: January 21, 2020. Last Updated: January 21, 2020.