Thursday July 24th, 2014

Tom Seaver has the highest percentage of votes in the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 98.84 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America when he was inducted in 1992. 

He hopes that when New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is elected, he will beat his mark.

Seaver was asked if he thinks Jeter will be the first unanimous selection. 

"I can't see how he won't be," Seaver said, via MLB.com, "unless somebody beats him to the punch."

After Seaver, the top voting percentages of Hall of Famers are Nolan Ryan (98.79%), Cal Ripken, Jr., (98.53%), Ty Cobb (98.23%), George Brett (98.19%) and Hank Aaron (97.83%).

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Jeter will retire after this season and will be eligible for induction to the Hall of Fame in 2020. 

"I've thought about it; Jeter should be the one," Seaver said. "What can you say he hasn't done? He has every credential imaginable -- great player, good citizen. He plays the game properly, respects the game and his predecessors. He's done it in the big city, for one team that wears a uniform of greatness. He has no marks against him. He has the numbers. And he wins"

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