Why Derek Jeter doesn’t like to talk about All-Star balloting

Derek Jeter & Reggie Jackson: 27 combined All-Star selections, looking to make it 28.

Derek Jeter & Reggie Jackson: 27 combined All-Star selections, looking to make it 28.

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.

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. 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, 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.
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.'”

Updates on the other Yankees in the race:

Catcher Brian McCann (1,624,124) sits in third place among American League 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.

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I recently started writing sports blog posts, heres one related to this page about DJ:

http://abostar.blogspot.com/2014/06/you-think-of-derek-jeter-what-do-you.html

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Abe, that’s fine but you can’t advertise your site on my site no go.

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Three numbers indicate the problem with this team’s lack of offense, .243, .221 and .220. Tex, McCann and Beltran’s batting averages. Unless these three get going and get going quickly this offense will continue to struggle. I’d suggest making adjustments to your swing, gentleman. Learn to hit the ball to the left side, especially when that shift is on.

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I thought I chased you away years ago.

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@Rob, didn’t do any good. Posts are still there. Others were deleted instead. Not the ones directed at you.

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“The Yankees are regularly scouting Padres third baseman Chase Headley, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.” Good news hope cuz is healthy.

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what a mess. this team I think is worse than last year’s team and that was awful. There’s no explosiveness, no spark, no hustle, no hitting, mistakes defensively and on the bases. With the bags of money we gave out to some of these players and this is what you get to show for it? It’s a good job everyone else in the division is scuffling but the Rays and Sox are starting to show some signs of revitalization which doesn’t bode well for the Yankees who are showing signs of dying. We can’t do any worse by bringing up a couple of young guys from AAA and giving them a go and get some hustle and energy into this sad sack team. Can’t give them away for another one or two old broken down vets. We’ve got enough of them already. We’ve said all along that this is a 500 team and that’s what it is. Expecting any more is just too frustrating for a fan. We aren’t going to make it to the playoffs. So get used to it.

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I am so tired of your complaining. Can we just ip ban this idiot?

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Bullpen is taxed. Kelley, Huff, Betances and others have had some rough outings of late

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Another blog as in Napoli post. He signed up as Howl and Bert to diss us both.

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Not true!

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not sure how to report Meister on another blog. Bryan, sounds like yankmeister is dissing me on another blog under different aliases. I haven’t read any of the comments but jerseyjoe reported it. Anything you can do?

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awful call by the umpire on that inside pitch. Not even close. Then we have to put up with Johnson again with 2 men on base and he pops up in the infield. Man he is the most useless hitter on the team in clutch situations. We need another starter but Cashman has to do something about 3rd base. We can’t go with Johnson the rest of the year.

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Rob, please report Meister. He dissing you on the other blog under new aliases. You and Ron are our best posters.

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what the —-! Phelps gives up 2 home runs already. How come every team but the Yankees can hit home runs in yankee stadium? The Red Sox won their series, now the Rays? 2 teams lower in the standings beating us. We’re giving them both a chance to catch us. The Sox and the Rays are winning and we’re losing. I can see us trading places with them in the standings by the All Star break. I really have no confidence in this team the way it’s put together.

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I agree Ron

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No all stars on the Yanks with the exception of Betances and Tanaka. Jeter retiring and is getting support from fans as a result.

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Ron I told you just to stop posting here. Your embarassing yourself.

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