Jeter, ex-Brave waiting a year for Hall of Fame induction due to coronavirus

Derek Jeter, Ted Simmons and the rest of this year's Baseball Hall of Fame class will have to wait another year for their big moment at Cooperstown.

Simmons, a catcher, played for the Braves from 1986-88, hitting .248 with 10 homers. He spent most of his career with the Cardinals and played five years for the Brewers.

The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that it has canceled the July 26 induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the class will be included at next year's induction festivities on July 25, 2021.

A record crowd had been expected this summer at the small town in upstate New York to honor Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain who was elected in January by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Jeter and Simmons were to be inducted with outfielder Larry Walker and the late Marvin Miller, the pioneering players' union head who negotiated free agency and transformed the sport.

This will be the first year without an induction ceremony since 1960.