As one of the best shortstops of all time, Derek Jeter has gained the respect of everyone who follows MLB over the years. The New York Yankees‘ captain has been a staple of the team for about 20 years now and the 2014 season will be his last in the big leagues. He announced before the season that he would be retiring at season’s end.
It’s hard to see the best closer in baseball history, Mariano Rivera, retire and then one year later watch one of the best shortstops of all time retire.
However, just because his all-time status merits some sort of recognition, the future Hall of Famer shouldn’t get awards that he doesn’t necessarily deserve. What do I mean by this? According to the latest MLB All-Star Game updates on MLB.com, Jeter leads all American League shortstops in voting.
Why doesn’t he deserve a start in this year’s Midsummer Classic?
Take a look at his stats so far this season. Jeter is hitting just .273 with one home run and 10 RBI. Even Jeter himself would say that he doesn’t deserve a start in the game, but the fans of New York and just Jeter fans in general are looking to send him off the right way.
You have to feel bad for a guy like Alexei Ramirez who is having the season of his life, hitting .320 with seven homers and 36 RBI, but stands no chance against the Jeter following.
While this may be a solid gesture, the last thing The Captain needs is a charity case. He deserves to make the team as a reserve because you know that he will get chosen by managers, but as a starter? Not a chance.
This just does to show that fan voting is an absolute joke. Let Jeter earn his way into the game like Rivera did a season ago.
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