We may never find out the lone Derek Jeter Hall of Fame dissenter

In the sports version of “who’s the identity of this mystery person,” you can call Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame dissenter. . . Deep Vote.

But unlike the eventual emergence of the famed Watergate mystery figure, the fascinating question of “who didn’t vote for Derek Jeter for the Hall of Fame” might be one for which we never learn the answer.

Voters for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America are not required to publicly reveal their ballots for the Hall of Fame. Thus, while the entire baseball world is craving the identity of which one of the 397 voters didn’t believe Jeter merited a spot in Cooperstown, that disclosure might remain private.

Within the last few years, the BBWAA voted to require all writers to publicly reveal their ballots, a verdict in favor of transparency and accountability. However, the Hall of Fame overruled that vote, preferring to ensure anonymity to those who desired it.

As a result, Jeter’s dissenter remains unknown and will only be revealed if the voter himself/herself confesses — or is outed by someone who knows the truth.

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