New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter still waiting for Hall’s decision on date of induction

Andres Chavez
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Sep 28, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) waves to the crowd after being replaced by a pinch runner during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, elected to the Hall of Fame and infamously short of unanimous status because of only one vote, is still waiting on the decision of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on whether he will be inducted this year or next.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26. However, because of the current coronavirus outbreak and social distancing recommendations in the United States, the Hall is considering several options. They could go on with the ceremony as planned, they could push it back later in the summer or fall, or move it to next year. A decision is expected to come soon: the New York Post reported that it would come as early as May 1.

“The health and public safety aspect of it is paramount,’’ Hall vice president of communications and education Jon Shestakofsky told The Post. “But we also consider the experience that we are providing for both the visitors and for members of our Hall of Fame family that would be traveling.

“Pretty much everything remains on the table, other than a virtual event.”

Obviously, the National Baseball Hall of Fame prefers fans to be present at the event, and that’s the reason why the only option already dismissed is having a virtual ceremony. Jeter fans are eager to see the former Yankees’ captain inducted.

“Our board has been having conversations for over a month about the status of induction weekend,’’ Shestakofsky said. “We are expecting to make an announcement in early May to indicate the direction that we are going. Again, health and safety is our No. 1 objective.’’

A true Yankees legend

While it is true that Jeter is the star of the class, other legends will be inducted and honored in the ceremony.

Besides the New York Yankees’ shortstop, the class of 2020 includes the likes of Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller.

Jeter is one of the most decorated players of all time. He leads the Yankees in hits (3,465) doubles (544) games played (2,747) and stolen bases (358) and was a star in the postseason, holding several records. He is a 14-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove Award winner, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and lifted five World Series trophies.