Shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Jeter’s induction has long been considered a foregone conclusion since the Yankees’ captain retired after the 2014 seasons. It was his first year of Hall eligibility.
He played all 20 of his seasons for the Yankees after being drafted with the sixth pick of the 1992 amateur draft as a high school player out of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jeter broke in with the Yankees in 1995 and the next season took over for Tony Fernandez as New York’s regular shortstop. It was a position he held down for two decades, never logging a single defensive inning at another position. While doing so, he became one of the most celebrated players in the Yankees’ storied existence and one of the most popular players in sports.
A 14-time All-Star, Jeter was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and finished in the top 10 of AL MVP balloting eight times, topping out at second in 2006. He scored 100 or more runs 13 times, hit .310 for his career, and ranks sixth all-time with 3,465 career hits. While leading the Yankees to five World Series crowns during his career, Jeter played in a record 158 playoff games — 33 more than any other player. His postseason OPS (.838) was 21 points better than his regular-season mark (.817).