The 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame Class
Springfield, Missouri-based attorney Douglas Healy has managed his own practice since 2006, during which time he has provided representation to corporate energy clients in North America, Asia, and Europe. When he isn’t leveraging his experience and skills as an attorney to assist clients, Douglas Healy enjoys watching baseball. In 2020, two Major League Baseball players became the newest names among the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Since 1936, Major League Baseball (MLB) has been honoring its best players on an annual basis via induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Qualified Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) members vote for who deserves a place among the ranks, and players must earn votes from at least 75 percent of them in order to be inducted. For the 2020 Hall of Fame, 397 BBWAA members casted their ballots. Only two players received sufficient votes: Derek Jeter and Larry Walker.
Jeter was one vote short of being a unanimous inductee, while Walker earned votes from 76.6 percent of the BBWAA members. Jeter was in his first year of eligibility and has played 2,747 games throughout his career and registered 260 home runs, 1,311 runs batted in (RBI), and a .310 batting average. Walker, who was in his 10th and final year of eligibility, had 383 home runs, 1,311 RBI, and a .313 batting average throughout 1,988 career regular-season games.
Pitchers Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens acquired votes from 70 percent and 61 percent of voters, respectively, and have two more years of eligibility. Barry Bonds, who also has two more years of eligibility, received votes from 60.7 percent of BBWAA members. First-year eligible players such as Paul Konerko, Jason Giambi, and Alfonso Soriano didn’t secure the 5 percent of votes required to remain on the ballot in future years.