BaseballDoes Jeter deserve to be unanimous Hall of Famer? by Chris Passarelli January 29, 2019 Derek Jeter is no doubt a Hall of Famer. He is one of the greatest shortstops in baseball history and an all-time Yankee. With his longtime teammate Mariano Rivera going in as the first unanimous Hall of Famer of all time, there’s a bit of a debate on whether Jeter deserves the same honor.Unfortunately, the answer is no. While Jeter is certainly an all-time great and obviously will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, he isn’t in the same category as Mariano Rivera, or Babe Ruth, or Ty Cobb.Jeter has fantastic stats but never had outrageous numbers like some other members of the Hall of Fame did. He was never the greatest at his position in any one category, and although he was remarkably consistent in the playoffs, you can ask Bernie Williams whether clutch gets you in the Hall of Fame.Jeter is perhaps the greatest shortstop of all time, but to be unanimous, there can’t even be a debate. Ozzie Smith was much better defensively and Cal Ripken Jr. was better offensively. Alex Rodriguez has much better numbers but he’ll never get it. Jeter is one of the best but he is not to shortstop what Mariano Rivera was to relief pitching.Derek Sanderson Jeter is one of the all time greats but the honor bestowed upon Mariano Rivera as a unanimous Hall of Famer shouldn’t be duplicated anytime soon. If Jeter is unanimous, does this open the door for other players who don’t really deserve it? It’s a slippery slope but it should start and stop with Mo. Post Views: 770The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsChris PassarelliFootball Editor - Hockey Editor - New York Islanders Lead Writer - New York Lizards Lead Writer - UConn Football Lead WriterLatest posts by Chris Passarelli (see all) NFL Network to Premiere ‘The Top 100 Players of 2020’ on July 26 - July 22, 2020 The ‘Toilet Bowl’ may be coming to Western New York - July 16, 2020 Bigger is Better; SoFi Stadium Completes Largest Videoboard in Sports - July 1, 2020 Smoltz, Vrabel and Brown talk American Century Championship and Everything in Between - June 30, 2020 Related TopicsDerek JeterFeatureHall of FameMariano RiveraNew York Yankees Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 From Inspired to Being an Inspiration: Sports Broadcaster & “The Morning Roast” Host Kate Scott (VIDEO) by Candace Cordelia | posted on December 21, 2020More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video)On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Justin Wilson officially signs with New York Mets Is the Yankees Outfield too Crowded for Bryce Harper?