Jeter closing in on 14th All-Star selection
Yankees captain leads all AL shortstops, with Alexei nearly 600,000 votes behind
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter continues to be in position for his 14th All-Star selection, once again leading all American League shortstops in the most recent voting update released by Major League Baseball on Monday.
The Yankees' captain would be thrilled to be ticketed for a trip to the Midsummer Classic, and he is keeping his calendar open for the July 15 contest at Target Field in Minneapolis. Still, Jeter doesn't want to jinx anything.
"You know me -- I don't think about that before it happens," Jeter said on Monday. "I learned that a long time ago. I'll wait to see what happens."
With 2,924,686 votes to his credit, Jeter is holding off his top challenger, Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox (2,325,527). J.J. Hardy of the Orioles is third with 1,534,547 votes.
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is among those hoping to get Jeter to Target Field; the rookie filmed a Vine clip in the dugout at Yankee Stadium on Monday, using both Japanese and English to urge fans to continue voting for Jeter.
For the moment, Jeter would prefer to keep his focus on the Yankees' schedule, which he examined on a wall adjacent to his clubhouse locker.
"My plans for the middle of July? I'll be in Cleveland, Baltimore, then home for Cincinnati and Texas," Jeter said, skipping over the four blank days in the heart of the month. "Those are my plans right now, as of now."
Jeter's reluctance to discuss his All-Star candidacy is rooted in the summer of 1999, when Nomar Garciaparra of the Red Sox benefited from frenzied online voting to overcome a deficit of more than 30,000 votes, passing both Jeter and the Indians' Omar Vizquel in the final week.
"Everyone was like, 'Oh, you're leading,'" Jeter recalled. "Then Garciaparra got like 100,000, 200,000 votes the last day, something like that. After that, I said, 'I'll just wait.'"
For Jeter, one more selection would snap a tie with Joe DiMaggio and Mariano Rivera, both of whom were selected as All-Stars 13 times. Mickey Mantle was a 20-time All-Star.
Catcher Brian McCann (1,624,124) sits in third place among AL catchers and, despite struggling offensively in the first half, could be up for a spot now that AL leader Matt Wieters of the Orioles (2,103,385) is out for the season due to injury. The Athletics' Derek Norris (1,924,049) is second.
Mark Teixeira (877,468) ranks fifth among AL first basemen, while Jacoby Ellsbury (1,501,306) is currently seventh among AL outfielders. Carlos Beltran (1,292,920) is ninth among outfielders and Brett Gardner (908,921) is 12th.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
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Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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