New York Yankee, Derek Jeter is looking like the favorite to start at shortstop for the American League in this year's All-Star Game. Jeter currently sits atop the leader board with 2,353,336 million votes as he vies for his 14th career All-Star appearance.
Jeter has amassed the sixth most votes in the AL, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, Jose Bautista is the top vote getter with 3,655,208 votes. Jeter who would surpass Joe DiMaggio and Mariano Rivera with a selection this year, leads Chicago White Sox shortstop, Alexi Ramirez who has 1,933,117 votes. Rivera and DiMaggio are tied with Jeter, with 13 All-Star appearances. Jeter would move into third place on the Yankees all-time list with a selection this year. Mickey Mantle (20) and Yogi Berra (18) currently sit in first and second place for most selections in Yankee history. Mantle and Berra have an advantage as the All-Star game was played twice a season from 1959-62.
Yankees Catcher Brian McCann lost ground in his quest to nab the starting job for the American League. The AL catching leader is Matt Weiters of the Baltimore Orioles. Weiters will miss the rest of the season because he needs Tommy John Surgery and will not participate in this years game. McCann slid into the lead last week after Weiters injury was announced, but was surpassed by Oakland's Derek Norris, this week. McCann who is looking to make his first AL All-Star roster, currently has 1,344,076 votes. Derek Norris who would be in line to start the Mid-Summer Classic has 1,486,850 ballots.
The 85th All-Star Game will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minnesota. The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX and in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet. Fans can submit their votes online or via mobile device until voting ends on July 3 at 11:59 pm. The American League and National League All-star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6.Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees