There’s been hundreds of players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but no player has ever received 100% of the votes. Not even the game’s greatest pitchers, hitters, or fielders. Voters take everything into account, even off the field issues.
The highest percentage of votes ever received is 98.84% by Tom Seaver, in 1992.
Some players didn’t get every single vote for off the field issues, like Babe Ruth. Ruth’s off the field antics probably didn’t sit well with voters or the way he left Boston. He also acted out quite often on the field. Others, like Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson never had a chance at a unanimous vote because of past ignorant voters. A lot of players are Hall of Fame material, but lack of championship success hold them back. Some players, like Sandy Koufax had their careers cut short with injuries. And then of course there’s the steroid era, which keeps players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire out of Cooperstown.
Derek Jeter has everything, and more.
If anybody has a chance to achieve the so far impossible feat of receiving every vote, it’s Jeter. Jeter has no ties to cheating at all in any way, which voters have made it loud and clear they will not vote for. Jeter has a championship resume with a World Series MVP award. In the playoffs, Jeter has a career batting average of .308 with five World Series titles.
Jeter has also been an outstanding player and role model off the field which will play well with voters. Maybe even playing his entire career with one team will help. Cal Ripken Jr. for example, only batted .276 for his career and only once hit over 30 home runs one time. However, he played his whole career on one team, never cheated, was a great teammate, and did win a World Series. When it comes to down the all time greats it’s more about who won’t for you and why.
After Jeter retires, he will have one of, if not the best ever chances to get every single Hall of Fame vote. Playing for the New York Yankees doesn’t hurt as well with constant national media exposure. All I can ask at this point is, why wouldn’t anybody vote for Derek Jeter?