Coach questions votes for Derek Jeter

Updated: June 3, 2011, 10:22 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The first round of All-Star voting left some members of the Los Angeles Angels wondering how six New York Yankees could be lined up to start the game.

One position they found particularly puzzling was shortstop, where Derek Jeter gathered 931,410 votes and the Angels' Erick Aybar had less than one-quarter as many.

Aybar leads qualifying American League shortstops with a .315 batting average and has 15 extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases. Jeter, 36, is seventh among qualifying AL shortstops in batting (.269), has 10 extra-base hits and five stolen bases. The Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera has 27 extra-base hits and 39 RBIs.

"There are a lot of people who deserve to be in the All-Star Game, but then this person is voted in by the fans no matter what he does," said Angels first base coach Alfredo Griffin, who played 18 years in the majors and more than 1,800 games at shortstop. "You can't fight against that. Every year, they expect the same thing. To me, it's whoever's doing good at that point deserves to be an All-Star."

Advanced defensive metrics indicate that Aybar has been an above-average shortstop and Jeter has slightly below-average.

Aybar, 27, said he would love to play in the All-Star Game, but that he's not banking on it, especially with more than a month to play before the game, played July 12 in Phoenix.

"You know, it's Jeter. Jeter's a good player, man," Aybar said. "Of course, I want to play in the All-Star Game. Everyone wants to go over there, but I don't want to think about that yet."

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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