Countdown to 2020
Artifact when he broke Lou Gehrig’s record for career hits at Yankee Stadium in 2008? You can see the spikes in Cooperstown. Most hits ever for a Yankee at 2,722, surpassing Gehrig? Batting gloves, check.
Jeter’s 3,000th hit is also well-represented at the Hall of Fame, in the form of his batting helmet and batting gloves from that dramatic home run – only the second player ever to collect a home run for his 3,000th hit, joining Wade Boggs – on that sun-kissed July 9th afternoon in 2011.
And from his farewell tour, Jeter donated a glove used during his 2014 season which will join scoresheets from the final games at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park in his big league career.
Jeter and White Sox World Series hero Paul Konerko are scheduled to debut on the 2020 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, along with any other players for whom 2014 was their final big league season.
Speculation will run rampant over the next five years as to Jeter’s Hall of Fame induction and to what reception he will receive on July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown. But for now, the legacy of “Jeet” will live on in Cooperstown, in a trip down memory lane.
Of the 211 former big league players enshrined in Cooperstown (another 95 enshrinees are managers, umpires, executives and/or Negro Leaguers), 22 played shortstop – just like Jeter. But the Yankees captain played a different kind of shortstop, combining size and power to help re-define the position along with other trailblazers of the 1990s.
It is another in the long list of legacies Jeter leaves for the National Pastime.