Twitter Reaction: Walker sneaks into HOF, Jeter’s perfection one vote shy

Arash Madani takes you through the lifetime of achievements from Maple Ridge BC’s Larry Walker, who is now set to be enshrined in Cooperstown, as Canada’s second ever baseball Hall-of-Famer.

Even the man himself had doubts.

Hours before Larry Walker’s 10th and final appearance on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot, he conceded a loss via Twitter that many saw coming. Though Walker had risen steadily in his vote percentage since 2014, the outfielder was projected to come up just short.

But when the final tally was announced on Tuesday, Walker received a 76.6 percent vote and became the second Canadian-born MLB Hall of Famer (joining pitcher Fergie Jenkins).

After so much uncertainty surrounding Walker’s case for Cooperstown, the outpouring of support on Twitter after the announcement was quick and bountiful.

Walker’s induction coincides with Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop who was voted in easily on his first ballot.

Jeter had a chance to become a unanimous Hall of Famer, a mark of prestige that has happened only once before (last year, for Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera).

But Jeter came up one vote short of perfection. Seriously. One vote. Of the 397 ballots cast, 396 voters checked Jeter’s box.

His near miss on perfection had some people… displeased.

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