Derek Jeter On Pace to Start All-Star Game, Shows That Fan Voting is a Joke

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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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  • Marc Jansen

    A life long Yankees fans honest opinion.
    It is a joke to have this guy starting at Short Stop in the all star game!
    In fact, only as an honorary guester should he even be on the field. At that position he’s been a major liability for over six years now. Frankly, it’s a disgrace he’s ever won a gold glove award to baseball.
    His first dozen years were a different matter as he was a good all around fielder, clutch hitter, and provided power. Though the singles kept coming the last eight years hís power has been dismal, the clutch hits are long gone, the clutch catches and throws, few and far between, and even basic execution like advancing the runners, now almost non existent.
    He was a great player at one time who seemed to cone through in the big games more often then not. Today? I’d rather have the other guy Ryan playing the position nightly.
    Without power, you can’t use him as a DH, maybe as a pinch hitter he could still provide value.
    Frankly, I’ll never get this guy as a hitter! The hits still are there, the average somewhat down, but that lack of power and those strike outs, and still likely to finish as the sixth greatest hits producer ever! He is unique among all the high average, high hit total players in allot of ways. As a fielder? Here also it’s hard to get a handle on him, quite different then the other greats at the position. No range and can steal bases?
    Again, to start at SS in the all star game this year? No!