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Initial AL All-Star voting released. Derek Jeter and five other Yankees leading at their positions

Jun 1, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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As was the case yesterday with the NL All-Star voting, it’s too early to really argue about this stuff, but it’s not like that has stopped us before. And given that Derek Freaking Jeter is leading the All-Star voting at shortstop right now, at least some complaining is warranted. ┬áReally Yankees fans? Really? Aren’t you more sick of his play right now than anyone?

Anyway, here are the initial vote-leaders in the AL All-Star balloting, with totals in parenthesis:

C: Russell Martin (843,459)
1B: Mark Teixeira (827,247)
2B: Robinson Cano (1,185,952)
3B: Alex Rodriguez (945,127)
SS: Derek Jeter (931,410)
OF: Jose Bautista (1,261,659)
OF: Curtis Granderson (994,315)
OF: Josh Hamilton (748,240)
DH: Michael Young (646,979)

  1. aceshigh11 - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    I predicted yesterday that Jeter would be the starting shortstop no matter what.

    Now, OF COURSE I realize that I wasn’t going out on a limb, but there it is.

    But again…since the All-Star game has actual implications for MLB and is not just an exhibition, this seems excessively silly. It’s a popularity contest, not a reliable measure of quality.

  2. Brody - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    It bothers me that this has turned into a popularity contest instead of putting the best quality out on the field and making the players earn their spot on the team. Especially since the game actually does have meaning now. As much as I am a big Twins fan, Joe Mauer should not be second in All-Star voting. He hasn’t played all year practically! http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/mauer-ranked-2nd-in-fan-voting-for-all-star-game/

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