2020 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony could be moved to 2021?
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has yet to make a decision on how to handle the 2020 induction ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a final decision could be coming soon.
Derek Jeter headlines this year’s class, which also includes Larry Walker, Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons. Induction weekend is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of July 26.
The ceremony and associated festivities of course are enhanced by all the pomp and circumstance of parades and other events, so having baseball fans descend upon Cooperstown, N.Y., would obviously be ideal.
With so much uncertainty surrounding when exactly society will return to some semblance of normalcy — including a loosening of social distancing measures — is completely uncertain at this point.
Hall vice president of communications and education Jon Shestakofsky laid out to the New York Post this week what the overriding determining factors will be when it comes to how things will be handled this summer. That being said, the Hall has all but ruled out not having any fans present at the ceremony.
“The health and public safety aspect of it is paramount,’’ Shestakofsky told The Post Tuesday. “But we also consider the experience that we are providing for both the visitors and for members of our Hall of Fame family that would be traveling.
“Pretty much everything remains on the table, other than a virtual event.”
While no official decision has been made, one could be made in short order, perhaps as early as May 1. One possible contingency plan presently being considered is pushing back the ceremony until later in the summer or fall.
A more unfortunate alternative is believed to be canceling the 2020 ceremonies entirely and moving it all the way into the summer of 2021. If that is the Hall’s ultimate decision, the 2021 ceremony would be a two-class affair, with next year’s honorees being inducted at the same time as Jeter and the rest of the 2020 class.