Hall of Fame is delaying Jeter’s induction, but will now allow fans

Call him take 2.

Four months after announcing that Derek Jeter’s induction ceremony would be held indoors without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Baseball Hall of Fame reversed course on Wednesday. With New York City easing its restrictions, The Hall said Jeter and other 2020 inductees would be honored outside in front of a small crowd on September 8 in Cooperstown, NY.

Jeter, who wore No. 2 as the Yankees’ shortstop from 1995 to 2014, will be joined by former outfielder Larry Walker and former wide receiver Ted Simmons at the ceremony, who will also honor a fourth inductee, Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the players’ union, died in 2012. No new members were elected in 2021.

“We are delighted to be able to welcome our Hall of Famers – the living legends – and our fans to Cooperstown to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2020,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chair of the Hall’s Board of Directors, in a statement. . “The return of the induction ceremony to an outdoor event will provide the baseball community with the opportunity to visit Cooperstown and celebrate the inductions of four of the game’s greats.”

The event, which traditionally takes place on a Sunday in late July, is now moving to a Wednesday afternoon after Labor Day, a schedule that will naturally limit the influx of fans to Cooperstown, a village of less than 2,000 residents. The ceremony will take place at the Clark Sports Center as usual, but instead of free, open seating on the lawn, only fans with tickets will be allowed on the field.

Tickets will be free, but the venue did not say how many would be available, citing continued changes in local health and safety guidelines. Tickets can be obtained on the Hall of Fame website starting at 11 a.m. on July 12.

Officials once expected a record crowd for Jeter’s ceremony, a reasonable estimate based on his star power in Hall’s home state. The latest induction ceremony, led by Mariano Rivera in 2019, drew around 55,000 fans, just behind the estimated 82,000 fans in 2007, when Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were inducted.

Jeter’s class won’t come close to those numbers, but hey, they’ll finally have their day.

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