Derek Jeter is a virtual certainty to make his 14th American League All-Star team in July, whether through fan voting or a selection to the team by the A.L. manager, John Farrell. After the first vote tabulation announced by Major League Baseball, Jeter is on his way to earning the spot through voting by fans who recognize this is his last season.
Jeter was third in overall voting in the A.L., trailing only Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays in early polling. He was up to 602,525 votes as of Tuesday, almost 130,000 ahead of Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Jacoby Ellsbury was third among outfielders.
Nevertheless, Jeter, while saying it would be fun as always to make the team, cautioned reporters not to be too hasty about the final vote count.
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“I remember one time — I think it was in 1999 in Boston,” he said. “I was leading until a couple of hours left in the voting, and Nomar got me.”
Nomar Garciaparra of the Red Sox won the voting and started that game, but Jeter has won the voting eight times since. Now, he seems on pace to win the vote a ninth time with a .273 batting average and .339 on-base percentage going into Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, with six extra-base hits (four doubles, one home run and one triple).
“I would love to see it,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “I would. I think he’s played extremely well. I know the young man Ramirez has played extremely well in Chicago, too. But I understand he’s third in votes, overall votes, and that’s a great thing. He’s meant a ton to this game.”
Jeter missed most of last season, playing in only 17 games because of the effects of a broken left ankle. This year, he has been on the field in most games, playing in 44 of the Yankees’ 51 games, including Tuesday’s. His 192 plate appearances were third on the Yankees going into Tuesday’s game.