Public Ballots Show Derek Jeter Could Be Unanimous Decision for 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2020 induction class on Tuesday, and according to some public ballots, former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter could become the second player unanimously voted in.

The percentage of current votes posted to Twitter by Ryan Thibodaux show the number of votes each player has on public and anonymous ballots. At the time this story was published, 204 public ballots and eight anonymous ballots were known, making up 51.5% of all ballots. Each year, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BWAA) votes on potential honorees, who must earn 75 percent of votes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

According to the current tallys, Jeter is the only player with 100 percent of votes on public and anonymous ballots. If the trend holds, he could join former teammate Mariano Rivera as the only players to be unanimous choices for the Hall of Fame. Jeter currently has 212 votes and only needs 97 more to reach the 75 percent threshold.

Unanimous or not, Jeter is likely to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Jeter spent his entire 20-year career with the Yankees and was awarded a number of different accolades. He was a five-time World Series champion, 14-time All-Star, and a five-time Gold Glove award winner. Jeter complied 3,465 total hits, the sixth most all-time, 260 home runs, 1,311 RBI's and a career batting average of .301.

He has already been inducted into the Yankees' Monument Park and seen his No. 2 jersey retired. He is regarded as one of the best Yankees in franchise history.

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Public ballots for 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame have Derek Jeter as possible unanimous choice Al Bello/Getty

While Jeter leads all voting and looks to become the second unanimous choice all time, there are a few other players that could be inducted in the upcoming class. Other potential inductees include former pitchers Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens, and former outfielders Barry Bonds and Larry Walker.

Behind Jeter, Walker is the next most likely to be inducted in the upcoming class, as he needs 142 more votes to pass the 75 percent threshold. Walker is in his tenth and final year of eligibility to be inducted, but his name has appeared on 83.5 percent of anonymous and public ballots. Over his 17-year career, Walker played for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, compiling five all-star selections, seven Gold Glove Awards and one National League MVP.

Schilling is currently in his eighth year of Hall of Fame eligibility and has appeared on 78.8 percent of ballots and needs 142 more votes to pass the 75 percent threshold. From 1988 to 2007, Schilling, a dominant pitcher in his time, played for a number of different teams and won three separate World Series titles. He is a member of the 3,000-strikeout club and is tied for third among all pitchers for most 300-strikeout seasons.

Clemens is also in his eighth year of Hall of Fame eligibility and currently needs 159 votes to pass the 75 percent threshold. In his 24-year career, Clemens played for a number of teams but is largely remembered for his time with the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees. He is an 11-time all-star, two-time World Series champ and a seven-time Cy Young award winner, more than any other pitcher in MLB history.

Finally, Bonds is the last potential player that could be inducted in the 2020 Hall of Fame class. Bonds is currently on 71.7 percent of ballots and needs 157 more votes to reach 75 percent. Bonds is a 14-time All-Star, a seven-time National League MVP and has the record for most career home runs with 762. Bonds is currently in his eighth year of eligibility.

The 2020 class will be announced at 6 p.m. ET. on MLB Network. A live stream will also be broadcast on MLB.com.

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