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Derek Jeter’s day in the sun will not feature the sun.
The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Friday that its 2021 induction ceremony will be held indoors on July 25, without fans, due to the “continuing uncertainties” about the novel coronavirus.
“We have prepared alternative plans to conduct our annual Awards Presentation and Induction Ceremony as television events taking place indoors and adhering to all of the required New York State guidelines,” Jane Forbes Clark, the Hall’s chairman, said in a statement.
The decision marks a big blow for the Hall as well as tiny Cooperstown, which in normal times would have benefited greatly from an influx of Yankees fans for Jeter and nearby Canadians for their native son Larry Walker. Only the honorees and those necessary for the television production will be on site for the ceremony.
Jeter, Walker, Ted Simmons and the late Marvin Miller all were elected in either late 2019 or early 2020 with the plan of getting inducted last summer. However, the early stages of COVID-19 prompted the Hall to cancel its ceremony altogether.
Subsequently, the Hall canceled its annual Era Committee selection and the Baseball Writers Association of America didn’t elect anyone, leaving that quartet as the only primary honorees. The Awards Presentation will salute two writers, two broadcasters and the late Dave Montgomery, a longtime Phillies executive.
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