Jeter leads early among AL shortstops
Yankees captain poised to make 10th Midsummer Classic
Derek Jeter leads the pack of American League shortstops at the first check-point of balloting for this summer's All-Star Game, continuing to garner support as he looks to punch his ticket to his 10th Midsummer Classic. In fact, Jeter's total of 664,630 votes is best among all American Leaguers.
The Yankees captain said last summer that he would be fine with never making another All-Star Game as long as he played in the 2008 contest at the old Yankee Stadium, but fans thus far have been receptive to sending him out for a return engagement.
Jeter holds an early advantage over Marco Scutaro (273,589) of the Blue Jays and Elvis Andrus (258,243) of the Rangers in the balloting for the July 14 All-Star Game at St. Louis' Busch Stadium.
Other Yankees players are close. Mark Teixeira is second among AL first basemen, only to Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox, though Alex Rodriguez's seven-week absence may have cost him in the All-Star tabulation.
Last year's leading vote-getter trails both Evan Longoria of the Rays and Michael Young of the Rangers at third base. Robinson Cano faces an uphill climb at second base, needing to jump three stars in the Rangers' Ian Kinsler, Boston's Dustin Pedroia and Toronto's Aaron Hill.
Jorge Posada, currently working his way back from a right hamstring strain, is in fourth place among catchers -- a position being paced by Joe Mauer of the Twins -- and Johnny Damon ranks 10th among AL outfielders.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.