Omar falls short of Hall of Fame again, but numbers are climbing

Vizquel receives 52.6 % of the vote

Omar falls short of Hall of Fame again, but numbers are climbing
Cliff Lee, Omar Vizquel and Manny Ramirez have made the 2020 HOF Ballot (Source: The Associated Press)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Former Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel fell short of the Baseball Hall of Fame again on Tuesday, but for the third straight year saw his voting numbers climb.

Vizquel received 52.6% of the vote, up from 42.8% a year ago (and 37% in 2018).

75% of the vote is required for admission to the Hall. Vizquel still has seven years left to reach that percentage.

Yankees great Derek Jeter was a near-unanimous selection, as well as the 26th shortstop to gain admission.

Former N.L. MVP Larry Walker was the only other player selected this year.

An 11-time Gold Glove winner, Vizquel dazzled Indians fans from 1994-2004, the greatest stretch of his 24-year major league career. By the end, he had racked up 2,877 hits, strengthening his case for a place in Cooperstown.

Maybe Vizquel will end up being the 27th shortstop in the Hall.

He’ll just have to wait, for at least one more year.

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