National Baseball Hall of Fame Cancels This Year’s Induction Ceremony

2020 Hall Of Fame
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Larry Walker and Derek Jeer pose for a photo after being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 on January 22, 2020 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown, NY. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Induction Ceremony for 2020 Delayed

This afternoon, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors announced some significant news. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise as many around the game of baseball were expecting this. With the official tweet was the National Hall of Fame Twitter account.

As is the case with every other significant event scheduled, this has been canceled due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. As the tweet states, both Derek Jeter and Larry Walker will take part in next year’s ceremony.

Regardless, it is sad news for any baseball fan as this is a tradition for many who love and enjoy the game. The Hall of Fame represents a special place in the baseball world and one that every player thrives to be inducted into. For many fans across the country, going to Cooperstown for the ceremony in July is a tradition. However, that tradition will have to take pause this year.

Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Larry Walker

For Derek Jeter, being enshrined into the Hall of Fame is a great achievement. Jeter was a pivotal member of the New York Yankees for his entire big league career from 1995 until 2014.

Over that span, the future Hall of Famer had a career batting line of .310/.377/.440 over 12,602 plate appearances. In that span, Jeter recorded 3,465 hits, 260 home runs, 1311 RBI, and won Rookie of the Year along with numerous Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and All-Star nods.

For Larry Walker, being enshrined into the Hall of Fame is a huge achievement. Not only would it be a huge achievement, but Walker would also be the first player from the Colorado Rockies organization to join the Hall of Fame. During his big league career, the future Hall of Famer spent ten seasons with the Rockies, six seasons with the Montreal Expos, and two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Over his 17-year major league career, Walker hit .313/.400/.565 over 8,030 plate appearances. In that span, the first baseman had, 2,160 hits, 383 home runs, 1,311 RBI. In addition, Walker won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1997 along with numerous Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards.

Final Thoughts

Even though there won’t be an induction ceremony this year, next year’s ceremony will be even more special. Special for Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, and the other Hall of Famers inducted. Furthermore, fans of the game will find it just as special. Although it will be a year later than expected, the Hall of Fame will return and likely in grand fashion come 2021.

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Hello Everyone! My name is Chris and I am aspiring to work in baseball someday as a professional writer or front office executive. Currently, I work in Human Resources and am attending graduate school for an MBA in Project Management. Outside of work and school, I am a student of the game of baseball, enjoy watching hockey and basketball, love writing, weight lifting and working out, listening to music, and reading about history and science related topics.


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