Although he’s moved on to a new team and city, former Yankee Derek Jeter will always be a Bronx Bomber in the eyes of fans. As a way to honor the star shortstop and current Miami Marlins coach, two Bronx Council Members are introducing legislation to rename East 161st Street, the block in front of the stadium, “Jeter Street,” as amNY first reported.
Local Council Members Vanessa Gibson and Diana Ayala are co-sponsoring the bill, which has not been introduced yet. The Bronx officials said in a joint statement to amNY they both “recognize the importance of Derek Jeter and the Yankees to the Bronx.”
The proposed name change comes ahead of the results of this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions next week. Jeter is expected to get in easily, but the question is whether the decision will be unanimous. The only other player to be inducted to the Hall of Fame unanimously is former Yankee pitcher and Jeter’s teammate, Mariano Rivera, who was inducted last year.
In 2014, city officially renamed the Bronx’s River Avenue “Rivera Ave” after the closer. If the legislation to rename the strip “Jeter Street” gets approved and Jeter gets inducted, the intersection would be the first-ever to feature two unanimous Hall of Fame players, according to amNY.
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