Derek Jeter’s election comes at perfect time

Derek Jeter always has had the most impeccable timing throughout his career, and with Major League Baseball trying to distance itself from the latest scandal, he came to the rescue again.

The sport is embroiled in a crisis with its integrity questioned. Jeter’s election Tuesday into the Baseball Hall of Fame couldn’t have come at a better time.

Jeter, the Yankees captain, did not receive a unanimous vote, as many had predicted. Former teammate Mariano Rivera remains the only unanimous selection, in 2019. Jeter received 99.7 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, one vote shy of a unanimous ballot.

“I was pretty nervous. I really didn’t really know what to say,”‘ said Jeter, on receiving the congratulatory phone call.

It was a call his friend and teammate Rivera received a year ago. And now he welcomes another member of the Yankees’ Core Four to the Hall.

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