Yankees ace Jeter in Baseball Hall of Fame

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Former New York Yankees star shortstop and captain Derek Jeter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after a long wait necessitated by the pandemic.

Jeter visited Cooperstown when he was a kid nearly four decades ago and returned this week to be honoured along with fellow class of 2020 members Ted Simmons, Larry Walker, and the late Marvin Miller, whose efforts on the labour front changed the game.

When the 47-year-old took the stage he was greeted by raucous cheers from a crowd that included NBA luminaries Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, several of his former teammates, and Hall of Fame Yankees manager Joe Torre on the stage behind him.

Jeter - wh is now CEO of the Miami Marlins - was touched by the moment and acknowledged how different the ceremony seemed in the wake of the recent deaths of 10 Hall of Famers.

"I'm so honoured to be inducted with you guys and linked to you forever," he said.

"The Hall of Fame is special because of those who are in it.

"We've lost way too many Hall of Famers over the last 20 months. These are all Hall of Famers who would have or could have been here, so for that reason it's not the same."

What was the same was the adoration displayed by the fans, who always marvelled at his consistency.

"I had one goal in my career, and that was to win more than everyone else, and we did that, which brings me to the Yankee fans," Jeter said.

"Without question, you helped me get here today as much as any individual I've mentioned."

Jeter was the 57th player elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on the first try.

He was one vote shy of becoming the second unanimous pick, named on 396 of the 397 votes cast.

His former Yankees teammate, ace reliever Mariano Rivera, remains the only one.

A key member of five World Series champions, Jeter stayed right where he always wanted to be from 1995-2014 - two decades in the Big Apple playing for a storied franchise.

COVID-19 forced the Hall of Fame to cancel last year's ceremony and this year's was moved from its customary slot on a Sunday in late July to a mid-week date.

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