Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Source: MLB/Facebook/MGN

NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball's highest honor Tuesday.

The longtime New York Yankees captain appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, falling just shy of the standard set when longtime Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection last year. It was not immediately known which voter didn't choose Jeter.

Walker made it by six votes in his 10th and final appearance on the BBWAA ballot, up from 54.6% last year.

Walker had an outstanding career with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals. He will be the first Rockies player to be inducted to the Hall of Fame.

Walker had a lifetime batting average of .313 with 383 home runs. He was the 1997 National League MVP, hitting .366 that year. He was NL batting champion three times.

In an interview with MLB Network, Walker said he didn't think he would get into the Hall, right up until the time he got the phone call.

"All of a sudden, you can't breathe," he said.