2020 Hall of Fame Election

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The results of the 2020 Hall of Fame Election were announced on January 21, 2020, with first-year candidate Derek Jeter falling just one vote short of unanimity, while Larry Walker was elected in his 10th and final season of eligibility. Before that, the Veterans Committee voted on nominees from the "Modern Baseball" era of baseball (1970-1987). The results of that vote were announced on December 8, 2019, with C Ted Simmons and former union leader Marvin Miller being elected. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, the induction ceremony, which should have taken place at the end of July, was postponed by a year and a bit, not taking place until September of 2021.

BBWAA Voting[edit]

Eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted on a ballot comprising holdover candidates from the 2019 Hall of Fame Election and players who played their last major league game in 2014. The ballot, made public on November 18, 2019, included 32 names headed by first-timer Derek Jeter.

In all, there were 397 ballots sent, with 298 votes, or 75%, required for election.

Player Votes Percentage Year on the Ballot Result
Derek Jeter 396 99.7 1st ELECTED
Larry Walker 304 76.6 10th ELECTED
Curt Schilling 278 70.0 8th
Roger Clemens 242 61.0 8th
Barry Bonds 241 60.7 8th
Omar Vizquel 209 52.6 3rd
Scott Rolen 140 35.3 3rd
Billy Wagner 126 31.7 5th
Gary Sheffield 121 30.5 6th
Todd Helton 116 29.2 2nd
Manny Ramirez 112 28.2 4th
Jeff Kent 109 27.5 7th
Andruw Jones 77 19.4 3rd
Sammy Sosa 55 13.9 8th
Andy Pettitte 45 11.3 2nd
Bobby Abreu 22 5.5 1st
Paul Konerko 10 2.5 1st Dropped
Jason Giambi 6 1.5 1st Dropped
Alfonso Soriano 6 1.5 1st Dropped
Eric Chavez 2 0.5 1st Dropped
Cliff Lee 2 0.5 1st Dropped
Adam Dunn 1 0.3 1st Dropped
Raul Ibanez 1 0.2 1st Dropped
Brad Penny 1 0.3 1st Dropped
J.J. Putz 1 0.3 1st Dropped
Josh Beckett 0 0.0 1st Dropped
Heath Bell 0 0.0 1st Dropped
Chone Figgins 0 0.0 1st Dropped
Rafael Furcal 0 0.0 1st Dropped
Carlos Pena 0 0.0 1st Dropped
Brian Roberts 0 0.0 1st Dropped
Jose Valverde 0 0.0 1st Dropped

Veterans Committee[edit]

The Veterans Committee, consisting of 16 members, voted on players and officials from the "Modern baseball" era (from 1970 to 1987). The ballot consisted of ten candidates: Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker. All were nominated as players, apart from Miller who was nominated as an executive.

The results of the vote were announced on December 8, 2019.

Player Votes Percentage Result
Ted Simmons 13 81.3 ELECTED
Marvin Miller 12 75.0 ELECTED
Dwight Evans 8 50.0
Dave Parker 7 43.8
Steve Garvey 6 37.5
Lou Whitaker 6 37.5
Tommy John <4 <25.0
Don Mattingly <4 <25.0
Thurman Munson <4 <25.0
Dale Murphy <4 <25.0

The 16 members of the panel included former players George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount (all of them Hall of famers); executives Sandy Alderson, Dave Dombrowski, David Glass, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin and Terry Ryan; and veteran media members/historians Bill Center, Steve Hirdt, Jack O’Connell and Tracy Ringolsby.


The induction ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on July 26, 2020, in Cooperstown, NY. In late April, this was changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and limitations on large public gatherings. It was first decided that the ceremony would take place on July 25, 2021, jointly with that honoring the Class of 2021. That made 2020 the first year without an induction ceremony since 1960, when no one was elected. When there was a better sense of how the vaccination campaign was progressing, the ceremony was pushed back by a few more weeks, until September 8, 2021. As it turned out that no one had been elected in 2021, the ceremony was all about the 2020 inductees, whose moment was simply delayed by 15 months.

Other Awards[edit]

Former player and Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson, who retired following the 2018 season, was named the winner of the Ford Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting. Nick Cafardo, formerly of the Boston Globe, who passed away in spring training in 2019, was the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

Further Reading[edit]

  • "Modern Era ballot: Weighing each HOF case", mlb.com, December 4, 2019. [1]
  • Associated Press: "Ken Harrelson wins Frick Award for broadcast excellence", USA Today, December 11, 2019. [2]
  • Scott Boeck: "Derek Jeter heads list of players on 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot", USA Today, November 18, 2019. [3]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "Here's the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot", mlb.com, November 18, 2019. [4]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons elected to Hall of Fame", mlb.com, December 8, 2019. [5]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "HOF 2020: Jeter nearly unanimous; Walker gets in", mlb.com, January 21, 2020. [6]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "Worth the wait: All-time greats enter Hall", mlb.com, September 8, 2021. [7]
  • Michael Guzman: "Hall of Fame Inductions set for Sept. 8: Tickets required to attend outdoor ceremony; available beginning July 12", mlb.com, June 9, 2021. [8]
  • Bryan Hoch: "2020 HOF induction postponed to July 2021", mlb.com, April 29, 2020. [9]
  • Matt Kelly: "10 named to Modern Baseball Era ballot for HOF: John, Mattingly, Munson among candidates under consideration", mlb.com, November 4, 2019. [10]
  • Matt Kelly: "Hall of Fame FAQ: What to know about '20 election: It's time to prepare for Tuesday's big announcement", mlb.com, January 16, 2020. [11]
  • Gabe Lacques: "Ted Simmons, union chief Marvin Miller elected to Baseball Hall of Fame", USA Today, December 8, 2019. [12]
  • Elizabeth Muratore: "Cooperstown set to welcome Class of 2020", mlb.com, September 5, 2021. [13]
  • Bob Nightengale: "Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony expected to be postponed, as Cooperstown weeps", USA Today, April 28, 2020. [14]

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