While Major League Baseball continues to propose new ideas to keep the 2020 season alive amid the COVID-19 pandemic, enshrining Derek Jeter and Larry Walker into the Hall of Fame will have to wait.
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum officially announced on Wednesday that the 2020 Induction Weekend will be canceled, and instead be inducted during the 2021 Hall of Fame Weekend, July 23-26, 2021.
"Induction Weekend is a celebration of our National Pastime and its greatest legends, and while we are disappointed to cancel this inredibly special event, the Board of Directors' overriding concern is the health and well-being of our new inductees, our Hall of Fame members, our wonderful fans and the hundreds of staff it takes to present the weekend's events in all of its many facets," Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said in a statement. "We care deeply about every single person who visits Cooperstown."
The decision is hardly a surprise, considering the large crowds that descend onto Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction, particularly this summer with the former Yankees captain as the main attraction.
In addition to the massive gathering of fans, the Hall of Fame also usually brings in dozens of Hall of Famers from around the country, many of whom are 70 years or older — which is among the highest risk group of being infected with the coronavirus.
Fans also plan to attend the ceremony months in advance, another reason why a final decision will be made by the end of the week.
With the ceremony’s likely postponement, Jeter and Walker will have to wait until next summer to be enshrined, as well as late executive director of the MLBPA Marvin Miller, and Ted Simmons, who were both elected by the Modern Baseball Era Committee.
It is possible that Jeter and Walker are joined next year by Curt Schilling, who received 70 percent of the 75 percent vote needed.
The Golden Era Committee could also vote in the late Brooklyn Dodgers legend Gil Hodges, adding some extra New York flavor to the ceremony.