June 15, 2021

With Conditions Improving, Baseball Hall Calls for September 8 Induction Ceremony (FanGraphs)

Back in February, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that after postponing last year’s Induction Weekend festivities due to the coronavirus pandemic, it would host an Induction Ceremony this year, albeit with a catch. The July 25 festivities to honor 2020 electees Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons, and Larry Walker wouldn’t be open to the public, due to “the continuing uncertainties created by COVID-19,” and likewise for its Awards Presentation, with most other festivities associated with the Hall’s signature weekend cancelled entirely. With significant progress made in combatting the pandemic — falling infection rates, more than half of U.S. adults fully vaccinated, and many restrictions for large outdoor gatherings lifted — on Wednesday the Hall changed course, announcing that it will hold an outdoor ceremony at 1:30 pm ET on September 8, as a ticketed event with limited crowds.

The Induction Ceremony will be held on the lawn of the Clark Sports Center, the site of all inductions since 1992, but while lawn seating will be free, tickets will be required. The reconfigured ceremony is designed to comply with heath and safety guidelines set out by the…

Read “With Conditions Improving, Baseball Hall Calls for September 8 Induction Ceremony” at FanGraphs