Derek Jeter Hall of Fame induction decision coming soon



Derek Jeter may have to remain on deck for another year for his Hall of Fame induction. That’s the word from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

A final decision will be reached soon, perhaps as early as May 1. The Hall has to decide whether to go on with the induction the weekend of July 26, push it back later into the summer/fall or not have an induction at all in 2020 and move the entire ceremony to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

No final decision has been made.

“The health and public safety aspect of it is paramount,’’ Hall vice president of communications and education Jon Shestakofsky told The Post Tuesday. “But we also consider the experience that we are providing for both the visitors and for members of our Hall of Fame family that would be traveling.

“Pretty much everything remains on the table, other than a virtual event.”

The Hall of Fame wants fans at the event, which is why this would not be a virtual event, especially with so many Jeter fans wanting to see him inducted.

“Our board has been having conversations for over a month about the status of induction weekend,’’ Shestakofsky said. “We are expecting to make an announcement in early May to indicate the direction that we are going. Again, health and safety is our No. 1 objective.’’

Along with the former Yankee captain, the class of 2020 includes Larry Walker, Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons.

If this year is a complete washout, Double the Fun in ’21 could be the new slogan, in which the class of 2020 would be combined with the 2021 class. The leading candidate for the class of 2021 is Curt Schilling, who garnered 70 percent of the 75 percent of the votes needed from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens continue to lurk on the ballot as well. There also is the possibility the Golden Days Era Committee could select Gil Hodges when that committee meets in December.

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