He is the face of baseball. He is a legend for the New York Yankees, the most prestigious team in all of baseball. This is his final season, and we may not see another player of his caliber for a very long time. However, Derek Jeter should not get the start in the upcoming MLB All-Star Game.
He should have a spot on the team, yes. He should be the last shortstop in the game so he can get the standing ovation from the fans and players he so deserves. The moment he enters the game, it will go down as one of baseball’s greatest moments. Much like it was when Cal Ripken Jr.
was honored by his teammates to go back and play shortstop, the position he played most of his career, Jeter would get more recognition coming off the bench as the baseball world awaited his late-game entry.
Jeter can still make an impact late in the game. After all, the game has had some great close calls, and he could be a difference maker in the latter innings with his inside-out swing that has been one of his many signatures over the last two decades. Who knows? Maybe the baseball world will see one last jump throw in the big game.
The shortstop who has the best numbers to be recognized as the AL starter is Chicago White Sox star Alexei Ramirez. He is the only AL shortstop batting over the .300 mark, one of only two players at his position with over 30 RBIs and has 12 stolen bases. He is showing that his offensive skills are the all-around best in the first half of the 2014 season, and he should get the nod to start over the legend.