Alex Rodriguez leads a team of nine New York Yankees All-Star hopefuls listed on the American League All-Star ballot released today. The way things look right now, six Yankees position players alone could be playing in the July 12 classic--maybe even seven.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, while showing signs of inconsistency this year, is always a perennial fan favorite and will be looking to make his fifth straight appearance and 12th all-time. Even the one year Jeter wasn't there, other players said it didn't feel just right without The Captain. Could it be his last?
The Yankees have been sending the ball over the fence at an unbelievable rate and all those home-runs could lead to All-Star turns for their sluggers.
Another wonder has been catcher Russell Martin. The off-season pick-up, with the rehabbed hip, is lighting up pitchers with a .328 average, six homers and 16 RBI's so far this season. His OBP is one of the best in the league. Martin was a two-time National League All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira round out the six Pinstripers who could be showing up at Chase Field in Phoenix for baseball's big showcase.
Cano, one of the best all-round players in the majors is batting .314 with 4 HR's and 14 RBI's. It would be the second-baseman's third appearance.
Teixeira, battling his usual m.o., started the season fast then slumped badly. Over the past week, the first-baseman has picked up steam and seems to be back on track. He has six home-runs and 16 RBI's already this year. His last All-star appearance was in 2009.
The Yankees could bring their own Home-Run Derby to the 82nd All-Star Game. Five players--A-Rod, Cano, Teixeira, Martin and Granderson have 28 home-runs between them. If you throw in Jorge Posada, who is on the ballot for the first time as a DH after five All-Star games as a catcher, you have a major-league leading line-up boasting 34 dingers between those six players.