Jeter looks to streak to All-Star bid
Shortstop among Yanks who can add to Classic resume
After soaking up the All-Star Game experience as part of last year's grand sendoff for Yankee Stadium, the Bombers will be back at it this summer, looking for your help in punching a trip to this year's contest in St. Louis.
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were both in the starting lineup when the American League -- eventually -- defeated the National League in a Bronx gala that stretched into the early morning hours, and both Yankees stars will be hoping to keep their All-Star streaks intact.
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 80th All-Star Game, to be held July 14 at Busch Stadium, 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.
Jeter has started three successive All-Star Games for the Junior Circuit and four out of the past five, joining closer Mariano Rivera as the only players to be named to an All-Star team with their current clubs at least nine times.
It should come as little surprise that Jeter has performed well when the bright lights are on -- the shortstop owns a .474 (9-for-19) average in the Midsummer Classic and garnered 3,737,437 votes last year for the Yankee Stadium celebration, second in the AL only to Rodriguez.
The leading vote-getter (3,934,518) for the second consecutive season last summer, Rodriguez was named to his 12th All-Star team, marking his 11th selection via the fan vote and his fifth overall selection as a third baseman.
A-Rod is expected back from right hip surgery well before the All-Star festivities get underway, providing him plenty of opportunities to see what he can do with the right-field jet stream that has drawn talk of the new Yankee Stadium becoming a homer haven.
Yankees newcomer Mark Teixeira could tell Rodriguez a little bit about that, and he'll be relying on his new fan base to vote him into the All-Star Game for the first time since 2005, when Teixeira started at first base for the American League while with the Texas Rangers.
Second baseman Robinson Cano hopes to make the squad for the second time, having represented the AL in 2006, while catcher Jorge Posada hopes to return for what would be his sixth All-Star experience and first since '07 in San Francisco.
The voting options on the Yankees' outfield alignment offer chances to punch holes for Johnny Damon, a two-time All-Star who last made the squad in 2005, plus Brett Gardner and Xavier Nady, who would be looking for their first opportunities to be on an All-Star team.
In-stadium balloting at Yankee Stadium begins on April 30, when the Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to open a homestand, and runs through June 8.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.