Derek Jeter has jumped back out among the top American League votegetters for this July’s All-Star Game at Angel Stadium, and Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano are also leading their respective infield positions at the first checkpoint.
After his name graced more AL ballots than anyone last year, Jeter is again a favorite of the fans, logging 639,227 votes in numbers released Monday by Major League Baseball – more than 400,000 over his nearest competitor at shortstop, the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus.
Cano (491,188) is enjoying a commanding lead at second base over Red Sox counterpart Dustin Pedroia (279,452). Teixeira needed a late surge to make the All-Star team last year, but he’s out front for now, logging 396,034 votes to put him ahead of the Twins’ Justin Morneau, who has 258,225.
At third base, Alex Rodriguez has received 411,655 votes, trailing the Rays’ Evan Longoria (541,253). Twins catcher Joe Mauer is pacing all AL votegetters by appearing on 644,533 ballots, a good chunk ahead of second-place catcher Jorge Posada (287,486).
Curtis Granderson, who made his first All-Star team last year, was ranked fifth among AL outfielders in Monday’s results, receiving 264,572 votes. Nick Swisher (229,944) was seventh and Brett Gardner (224,167) was eighth.
Injured Nick Johnson, who is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star Game, was not ranked in the top five among AL designated hitters.