Numbers dont lie, and the numbers say that Derek Jeter is not an All-Star
With all due respect to Derek Jeter and his illustrious career, he does not deserve to be the starting American League shortstop in this year's MLB All-Star Game. For a game that determines home-field advantage in the World Series, there is quite more focus on what fan favorites play in the game rather than who deserves to play. Derek Jeter has 2 home runs and 25 RBI's with a .272 batting average for this season to date. Since when are those All-Star numbers?
I understand that it is his last go around and that he is being honored, but his numbers are not even close to being worthy to the honor that is being bestowed upon him. Shortstops such as Eric Aybar and Alexei Ramirez are both having much better years than Jeter, however, they are only reserves while Derek is getting the starting nod. Baseball is supposed to be a team sport and not about one guy. But in this case, it seems that Derek Jeter is being viewed as more important than the game.
Derek Jeter as the starting shortstop this year begs the question, is being named to the All-Star Game an honor or something that is overrated? Obviously, there are players that deserve the honor but there are others that get named to the mid-summer classic just because of their name. Yes, everyone wants to see Jeter, but what good does that do for the actual play on the field?
The game wouldn't lack any luster without Jeter, as there would still be star-studded lineups on both teams. Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout on the AL along with Yasiel Puig and Andrew McCutchen on the NL is nothing to sneeze at. The beginning of the game is going to be overshadowed by Derek's last hurrah. While he has provided a lot for the game, he isn't going to be the only one out there. Derek is the past now, and while he should be honored, he should not be the focus.