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The lone person to not vote for Derek Jeter in the Baseball Hall of Fame remains a mystery

Baseball Hall of Fame electees Derek Jeter and

Baseball Hall of Fame electees Derek Jeter and Larry Walker at a news conference at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on Jan. 22, 2020. Credit: Shelby Knowles

The mystery surrounding which voter did not think Derek Jeter was worthy of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer was not solved on Tuesday.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the ballots of the 314 writers who chose to make their Hall of Fame votes public. All 314 of the public ballots included Jeter's name.

Jeter, the former Yankees shortstop and captain, was selected on 396 of 397 ballots cast by BBWAA members last month in voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, falling one vote shy of joining former teammate Mariano Rivera as a unanimous selection. 

“I look at all the votes that I got,” Jeter said on a conference call on the day he was elected. “It takes a lot of votes to get elected to the Hall of Fame. Trying to get that many people to agree on something is pretty difficult to do. So that’s not something that is on my mind. I’m extremely excited and honored to be elected.”

That leaves 83 ballots that remain private.

According to Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame ballot tracker, Jeter was named on 100% of the 242 previously known ballots (235 public and seven anonymous).

The BBWAA released a public list of members casting Hall of Fame ballots with last month’s election results. But according to the BBWAA, voters are not required to make their selections public. The Baseball Hall of Fame does not reveal individual ballots.

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