The ballots for the 2020 class for the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be revealed on Tuesday night. It will likely feature former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter as one of the shoo-ins for this year’s class. Jeter put forth an illustrious 20-year career that saw him spend it all with the Yankees, where he experienced a tremendous amount of individual and team success. There are many things to point out in his career, but there is one aspect that could be what helps drive him home as a sure-fire Hall of Famer.
Derek Jeter’s MLB career
In his two decades with the Yankees, Jeter put together an illustrious career that saw him engrain himself as one of the all-time greats in not only team history but the entire MLB.
That saw him earn 14 All-Star Game selections, five World Series titles, a World Series MVP (2000), AL Rookie of the Year, five Gold Glove awards, and five Silver Slugger awards. Although he didn’t garner one MVP award over his career, he did finish inside the top 10 in voting eight times, including a top-three spot three times.
Jeter also holds Yankees’ all-time records for hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), at-bats (11,195), and plate appearances (12,602). His production may not have been gaudy numbers surpassing 20 home runs three times and more than 100 RBIs once; he was consistent at the plate with his production and effectiveness as a hitter batting .310 for his career.
There was one area where he shined the brightest that much his legacy has become built on over the years.
Derek Jeter’s Postseason Success
Throughout his career, some criticized his fielding ability, which could be argued that he garnered overshine a bit in that regard. There is chatter that he had the luxury of playing for the Yankees his entire career that put him in the spotlight to a higher degree. However, Jeter earned his strong reputation through his play in the postseason.
He was a crucial factor in the playoffs as he played his best baseball, holding a career .308 playoff batting average over 158 games. He took up a notch in the seven World Series that he was in by hitting .321. Jeter’s production and timely hitting earned him the nicknames “Captain Clutch” and “Mr. November.”
Most of his damage came in the ALDS as he batted .343 with 10 home runs, 28 RBIs, 13 doubles, 47 runs scored, and .915 OPS in 66 games played over 16 series. Jeter was highly effective in the World Series as hit .321 with three home runs, nine RBIs, nine doubles and 32 runs scored in 38 games played.
Jeter made a living in the playoffs as he holds numerous MLB records such as games played, hits (200), total bases (302), singles (143), doubles (32), triples (five) plate appearances (734). Many of these numbers could go untouched for quite some time that speaks to his excellence on that stage.
Derek Jeter’s legacy further cemented
Jeter’s strong production in the postseason is a critical factor in defining the type of player he was during his career. He put forth a consistent output that kept him in the conversation almost annually as being one of the top players in the game.
His play, along with his reputation, garnered a tremendous amount of respect for what he accomplished on the field. All of that has put on the table that he has the chance to join his former longtime teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous inductees into the Hall of Fame.
It’s not a matter of won’t he get in on his first ballot, but how much of a percentage he served in the voting process. All of that only further cements his status in MLB history.