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Jeter, Walker into Hall

New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter was voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday, coming within one vote of being a unanimous pick to enter the sport’s pantheon of greats. Jeter was chosen on 396 out of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America, just missing out on matching the achievement of former teammate and unanimous pick Mariano Rivera last year. Jeter’s 99.7 percent total votes was the second highest in history after Rivera, and comfortably eclipsed the 75 percent threshold required to enter the Hall of Fame. Former Expos, Rockies and Cardinals right fielder Larry Walker joined Jeter in the Hall of Fame voting. The duo will be inducted at a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, on July 26. Jeter was widely expected to be a first ballot inductee in recognition of a 20-season career that included five World Series victories. “Every accolade that has been bestowed on Derek throughout his career has been earned and deserved,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said.


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