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Derek Jeter selected as starting shortstop for AL All-Star team

In his final season, the fans vote Derek Jeter in as startng shortstop for his 14th All-Star Game appearance.Ann Heisenfelt/AP In his final season, the fans vote Derek Jeter in as startng shortstop for his 14th All-Star Game appearance.



MINNEAPOLIS – Derek Jeter has been a staple at the All-Star Game throughout his career. On July 15, he’ll have one last chance to shine with the brightest stars in the game.


Jeter was elected as the American League’s starting shortstop by the fans, the ninth time in his career he’s earned the start and 14th time overall that he’s been selected as an All-Star.


“It feels good,” Jeter said. “All-Star Games are fun. I’m happy I get the opportunity to come back here. It’ll be special for me. It’ll be the last one for me, so I’m glad I have the opportunity to go.”


Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances were also named to the AL squad, each doing so in their first full season in the majors.


“I’m extremely happy for Tanaka and Dellin,” Jeter said. “Those guys deserve it as much as anyone. Both off them have been outstanding this year. I’m looking forward to enjoying it and sharing it with them.


Tanaka, who is 12-3 with a 2.27 ERA, is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees next Sunday in Baltimore, so he’s unlikely to pitch in the All-Star Game. He said he still plans on attending the event in Minneapolis.


“It’s obviously an event that not everybody can be a part of,” Tanaka said through his interpreter. “I’m very excited to get this opportunity.”


Tanaka received the most votes of any pitcher on the players’ ballot.


“I think getting votes from the guys that you’re actually facing, that’s probably one of the best compliments that I can get,” Tanaka said.


Betances was also chosen by his peers, one of three relievers voted in by players. The 26-year-old is 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 37 relief appearances, striking out 78 batters in 50.1 innings. He learned he had made the team before Sunday’s game, getting the news from Joe Girardi.


“I was at a loss for words,” Betances said. “It’s been a long journey from all the years in the minor leagues, all the ups and downs, just to have such a good first half and for the players to vote for me, I’m truly humbled. It’s a crazy feeling for me right now.”


Jeter is hitting .273 with two home runs and 23 RBI, but it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the popular shortstop would be elected by the fans in his final season.


“I think it’ll be great,” Girardi said. “I think it’s great for the fans, I think it’s great for baseball and I’m sure they have something special planned.”

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiMark Bonifacio/ New York Daily News Masahiro Tanaka is named to the AL All-Star team in his rookie season thanks to a 12-3 record and 2.27 ERA. 


When Cal Ripken was retiring, Alex Rodriguez switched spots with the former shortstop, letting him play one last time at his old position. Last year, Jim Leyland held the entire AL team off the field while Mariano Rivera took the mound, giving the Yankees’ closer the entire field to himself as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.


What will Red Sox manager John Farrell have planned for Jeter’s final All-Star Game?


“I don’t go into it with any expectations,” Jeter said. “I’m just going to try to enjoy myself and have fun with whoever’s here.”


Jeter missed last year’s Midsummer Classic thanks to a variety of leg injuries that kept him out for nearly the entire season. He had been selected to seven straight AL All-Star squads before last year, though he opted not to attend in 2011 after he had collected his 3,000th hit the weekend before the game.


“After last year, just playing means a little bit more,” Jeter said. “All-Star Games are never a situation where I expect to go to the all star game. I’ve never taken it for granted any time that I’ve gone. I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them – but especially so, I’m looking forward to this one.” 


DAN IS MAN FOR METS


Daniel Murphy is the Mets’ lone representative, making his first All-Star Game as a National League reserve.


Murphy is hitting .294 with seven homers and 35 RBI. David Wright did not make the NL team for just the second time in the last nine years, finishing second in the NL third-baseman voting to Aramis Ramirez.


Former Yankee Robinson Cano was voted as the starting second baseman for the AL, his sixth All-Star selection. He has just six home runs for Seattle but is hitting .320.


Toronto’s Jose Bautista amassed the most fan votes with 5,859,019.


–With Justin Tasch

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