Walker, Simmons, Jeter Hall of Fame enshrinement postponed to 2021

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If you were planning to make the trip to Cooperstown, New York this summer to see a couple of former St. Louis Cardinals be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it's time to cancel the trip. 

The Hall has officially canceled this year's event and says the 2020 class will be enshrined with the 2021 class next summer. Outfielder Larry Walker, catcher Ted Simmons, shortstop Derek Jeter and late executive director of the MLBPA Marvin Miller were set to go in this year. 

Our Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel 2020 Induction Weekend, due to health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will be inducted in 2021, alongside any Class of 2021 electees, on July 25, 2021 https://t.co/iecNYeoH95 pic.twitter.com/O99EIXWpqm

— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) April 29, 2020

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.

It is possible this year's class will be joined next year by Curt Schilling, who received 70% of the 75% vote needed for induction.

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