The most recent All-Star voting results are in, and Derek Jeter is way out in front of the shortstop vote.
Now this should not come as a shock, considering the wide spanning popularity of Jeter. But the truth of the matter is that he probably should not even be the starting shortstop for his own team. It is no secret that in recent years his defense has become a concern for the Yankees. And lately his bat has lacked the spark that is needed from a player that isn’t exactly Ozzie Smith.
Now I could never call into question the legitimacy of his grit, resolve, or career accomplishments, but it just seems unfair to the game that a guy with these numbers (below) gets to trot out on the Summer’s biggest stage as an All-Star when there are others more deserving. I understand that people want to praise Jeter on his Hall of Fame career, but this event is for the players that are great today.
Let us also not forget that in 2011 Jeter received the most votes for the summer classic and then bailed on the game. I just don’t believe that the All-Star Game owes Derek Jeter anything. Is it not enough that he gets a curtain call and a gift from every city he plays in? So for the integrity of the All-Star Game, please stop voting for Derek Jeter.
|1. Alexei Ramirez (CWS)||266||.310|
|2. Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||229||.296|
|3. J. J. Hardy (BAL)||225||.287|
|4. Erick Aybar (LAA)||265||.287|
|5. Alcides Escobar (KC)||248||.278|
|6. Jose Reyes (TOR)||223||.267|
|7. Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE)||252||.267|
|8. Derek Jeter (NYY)||224||.261|
|1. Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||229||.389|
|2. Alexei Ramirez (CWS)||266||.347|
|3. Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE)||252||.337|
|4. Yangervis Solarte (NYY)||6||.333|
|5. Jose Reyes (TOR)||223||.332|
|6. Yunel Escobar (TB)||245||.328|
|7. Erick Aybar (LAA)||265||.323|
|8. Derek Jeter (NYY)||224||.321|
|1. Alexei Ramirez (CWS)||266||.444|
|2. Erick Aybar (LAA)||265||.430|
|3. Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||229||.427|
|4. Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE)||252||.418|
|5. Jose Reyes (TOR)||223||.411|
|6. Alcides Escobar (KC)||248||.388|
|7. J. J. Hardy (BAL)||225||.354|
|8. Elvis Andrus (TEX)||276||.341|
|9. Jed Lowrie (OAK)||255||.339|
|10. Yunel Escobar (TB)||245||.338|
|11. Derek Jeter (NYY)||224||.310|
Ranks 14th among AL shortstops in terms of Win Above Replacement
Courtesy of ESPN.com, Generated 6/11/2014