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Larry Walker joins near-unanimous pick of Derek Jeter to Baseball Hall of Fame

The Yankees’ Derek Jeter dives to catch a fly foul ball in the 12th inning of a July 2004 game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York in an iconic play of his baseball career. Jeter was a near-unanimous pick in Baseball Hall of Fame voting announced on Tuesday. (AP file photo)

NEW YORK — Known for two decades as No. 2, Derek Jeter is now linked to the number 1 — as in, who was the lone Hall of Fame voter who didn’t put a check mark next to his name?

Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick, falling just shy of the standard set when longtime New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection last year.

Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor Tuesday in his last chance on the ballot.

For now, the identity and motivation of the non-conformist remains a mystery.

“Well, I look at all the votes that I got,” Jeter said. “Trying to get that many people to agree on something is pretty difficult to do. So that’s not something that’s on (my) mind.”

The Colorado Rockies' Larry Walker gets ready to swing at a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers' Ben Sheets in the fourth inning of June 2004 game in Denver. 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 on Tuesday. (AP file photo)

Longtime shortstop and captain of the Yankees, Jeter appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. His 99.7% moved above Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3%) for second-highest.

Jeter was listed on all 219 ballots made public by Ryan Thibodaux’s vote tracker before the announcement. The BBWAA will release additional ballots on Feb. 4 of writers who chose a public listing.

Walker got 304 votes, six above the 75% needed and up from 54.6% last year. He was making his 10th and final appearance on the BBWAA ballot and tweeted earlier in the day “I believe I’m going to come up a little short today” after checking the vote tracker and projecting he would finish at 73.3%.