South Side Hit Pen elects Derek Jeter and Larry Walker as its 2020 Hall of Fame class

Case closed: In his final year on the ballot, Larry Walker pulled 77% support, making the South Side Hit Pen Hall of Fame. (@MLBStats)

Congratulations to a study in Hall of Fame contrasts.

Derek Jeter won election in his first eligible season, taking 83% of the South Side Hit Pen vote. Meanwhile Larry Walker, in his final year on the ballot, squeaked in with 77% support.

Jeter’s lack of unanimity is a contrast to the actual Cooperstown results, released later on Tuesday and expected to possibly cement Jeter as the second unanimous Hall of Fame honoree in history, joining Mariano Rivera in 2019. So, bravo for having the sense not to make a very good, but not ethereal, baseball shortstop a unanimous choice.

And with an average number of 8.04 players chosen per ballot, congratulations also the the SSHP electorate for submitting full dance cards this year; with well more than 10 worthy players, a healthy list of players is a wise direction to take with recent HOF ballots. 

No other players appear on the precipice of election. However, with no shoo-in candidate appearing for the first time in 2021, it will be an opportunity for other Cooperstown hopefuls to sneak up the charts.

Here are the full results from this year’s voting, with the voting trend from 2019 to 2020 when applicable.

Get your speeches ready
Derek Jeter (83%)
Larry Walker (77%, up from 62% in 2019)

Strong support
Curt Schilling (58%, up 2%)

Barry Bonds (54%, down 12%)
Roger Clemens (52%, down 10%)
Andruw Jones (50%, up 8%)

You got some work to do
Trevor Hoffman (46%, up 12%)
Gary Sheffield (44%,up 12%)
Manny Ramirez (38%, up 1%)
Todd Helton (37%, even)
Paul Konerko (37%)
Scott Rolen (31%, down 10%)

At least they got double digits
Omar Vizquel (29%, up 9%)

Billy Wagner (27%, up 20%)
Jeff Kent (25%, up 8%)
Bobby Abreu (21%)
Sammy Sosa (21%, up 7%)
Andy Pettitte (17%, up 2%)
Lance Berkman (13%, up 3%)
Johan Santana (10%, up 2%)

Still on the ballot
Roy Oswalt (8%, even)

Cliff Lee (6%)

Off the ballot
Alfonso Soriano (4%)

Raúl Ibañez (4%)
Carlos Peña (4%)
J.J. Putz (4%)
Jason Giambi (4%)
Heath Bell (2%)
Josh Beckett (0%)
Eric Chávez (0%)
Adam Dunn (0%)
Chone Figgins (0%)
Rafael Furcal (0%)
Brad Penny (0%)
Brian Roberts (0%)
José Valverde (0%)

South Side Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2011: Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Tim Raines

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2012: Barry Larkin

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2016: Ken Griffey, Jr., Tim Raines, Mike Piazza

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Tim Raines, Vladimir Guerrero, Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero

SSS Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez

South Side Hit Pen Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Derek Jeter, Larry Walker

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Actor (final credit: murdered by Albert Einstein in "Carnage Hall"), musician (Ethnocentric Republicans), and Nerf hoops champion, Wiffleball aficionado and onetime bilingual kindergarten teacher, Brett Ballantini also writes about baseball, basketball and sometimes hockey, publishing at the NBA, MLB, NHL, and for Slam, Hoop, Sporting News, the Athletic, and others. He was CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks beat writer for their first Stanley Cup season of 2009-10, and took over the White Sox beat after that. He currently is the editor-in-chief of South Side Hit Pen and managing editor of SB Nation's South Side Sox. He also wrote a book about Ozzie Guillén but is running out of space, so follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and he'll probably tell you even more about himself than you ever wanted to know.

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Leigh Allan
Leigh Allan
4 months ago

I’m continually surprised by the lack of support for Omar Vizquel, both here and in reality. Even in an era when defense is pitifully underrated, and as fans of a team which often acts like defense doesn’t even count, you’d think Vizquel’s incredible and unique skills and performance would be recognized. If Ozzie Smith re-invented the shortstop position, Vizquel re-invented the re-invention (and he was a slightly better hitter than Smith). Of the nine players above him in career dWAR, only one is not in the Hall – Mark Belanger, who was more solid than spectacular and was a terrible… Read more »