July 29, 2021

Alfonso Soriano, Jason Giambi also on ballot (New York Post)

There’s more than one Yankee getting his first shot at Cooperstown next year.

Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

A 14-time All-Star shortstop and five-time World Series champion, Jeter hit .310 with 3,465 hits in 20 seasons and was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year. He has been CEO of the Miami Marlins the past two seasons.

Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi and Alfonso Soriano were also added to the ballot, but are much longer shots to get the necessary votes.  Other newcomers announced Monday by the BBWAA include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Paul Konerko and Rafael Furcal.

GIambi’s time (2002-’08) with the Yankees, which included nearly half of his 440 career home runs, was tainted over admitted PED use. Soriano had two stints in The Bronx, with his first one ending when he was part of the 2004 trade that brought Alex Rodriguez into pinstripes. Soriano’s most famous moment with the Yankees came when he hit the go-ahead home…

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