“Yes, we are,” she said.
But Jeter and Walker were uninterested in the logistics of how they were elected, only that they got in. Jeter learned on Wednesday that his plaque will go next to Rivera’s at the Hall in Cooperstown, N.Y., which is fitting. The two players went through the Yankees minor league system together, made their major league debuts during the same month in 1995, were sent back to the minors on the same day that same year, and played virtually their entire careers alongside one another, except for the lone season, in 2014, that Jeter played after Rivera had retired.
“It’s an honor just to be in the Hall of Fame,” Jeter quipped. “I don’t care where they put me. They can put me in the rest room.”
Both Jeter and Walker discussed the hardships and trials they faced early in their professional careers after signing as teenagers — Jeter joining the Yankees in 1992 and Walker joining the Montreal Expos in 1984. Walker spent six years with the Expos, parts of 10 seasons with the Colorado Rockies and one and a half with the St. Louis Cardinals.
He announced that he would go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Rockies, in part because of the 258 home runs and 1.044 on-base plus slugging percentage he accumulated with that team.
“I spent 10 years in Colorado,” he said, “where the majority of my damage was done.”
For Jeter, all his damage was done with the Yankees, over 20 years in which he fulfilled a childhood dream to wear their pinstripes, won five championships, and ultimately compelled 396 writers to send him to Cooperstown.
“I’m most proud that I was a Yankee,” he said. “It was the only thing I ever wanted to do as long as I could remember, to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. When it’s all said and done, that’s what I’m most proud of.”