I never booed Derek Jeter.I had never thought of him as the best player in baseball either.He's been in the majors for a long time and had a lot of success, no matter how it is measured.Upon reaching 3000 hits, it has become certain that he will be elected to the Hall of Fame.The question, to me, is whether he will get the highest percentage of votes or perhaps if he will be elected unanimously.
Does Jeter deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?I don't think anyone seriously disputes that.He has over 3400 hits, five rings, five Silver Sluggers, and five Gold Gloves. His durability has resulted in counting numbers that are top of the class.He has been a model citizen under the microscope of the New York media.There is no hint of PEDs or illicit drugs.No one has mustered a harsh word against the man.
Defensive metrics show a less-than-great defender.Jeter never won the MVP, but he has been in the Top Ten in that balloting eight times.
To top off all the other honors, Jeter has been at his best in post-season.He's won several post-season honors and seems to have made a lot of key plays when the spotlight was the brightest.
If I had a vote for the Hall of Fame, I'd vote for Jeter.I really can't see a reason not to vote for him, except for spite.He's had a great career and deserves the accolades.