Johnny Damon Rips Voter Who Left Derek Jeter Off Hall of Fame Ballot

WCBS 880 Newsroom
January 22, 2020 - 10:54 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Johnny Damon, who played with and against first-ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, has something to say to the one voter who didn't throw their support behind the longtime New York Yankees captain.

Jeter received 99.7% percent of the vote Tuesday night, appearing on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"I'd like to see who didn't vote for him because that's pretty embarrassing," Damon told WCBS 880's Brad Heller on Wednesday. "I mean the guy's going to vote for him next year at least I mean why not just do it now because you know he's going to get in... We all knew Derek was getting in and unfortunately that one voter didn't do his job."

It's not clear which voter didn't choose Jeter.

The only inductee to receive a unanimous vote was Mariano Rivera in 2019.

Jeter, a 14-time All Star and five-time World Series champion, racked up 3,465 hits over his 20-year career with the New York Yankees.

Despite his four years with the Yankees, which included a World Series title in 2009, Damon spent most of his 18-year baseball career playing against Jeter rather than with him. 

"He was Mr. Consistency," Damon said. "He was a pain in the butt just because we knew it was going to be tough to pitch him, we knew that he had a great eye, we knew he was all about winning and because of that I mean that's why he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer."

While on the Tampa Bay Rays, Damon beared witness to Jeter's 3,000th home run off of David Price. 

"Well the day was amazing except for he hit a home run, we would have rather him hit a single but the way Jeter stuff does stuff, he rises to the occasion," said Damon. "There's no game that was too big for him, so that's why he pulled through so much in the clutch."

After Jeter's retirement in 2014, the Yankees retired his No. 2 in his honor.

The Class of 2020 will be inducted in Cooperstown in July.

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