Jeter bringing Sheppard's voice to ASG

Updated: July 11, 2010, 8:13 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand |

SEATTLE -- In a special tribute to legendary New York Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard, Major League Baseball will have Sheppard's recorded voice introduce Derek Jeter during Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"It's a great idea," Jeter said. "He deserves it."

Pat Courtney, an MLB senior vice president, confirmed the tribute will be for each of Jeter's at-bats. Although Sheppard has not done public address work since 2007, Jeter has kept the practice of having Sheppard's recorded voice introduce him at Yankee Stadium, as opposed to current Yankee Stadium PA announcer Paul Olden.

Sheppard passed away Sunday morning at the age of 99.

Also, Jeter plans to continue to have Sheppard introduce him for the rest of his career.

"It was an idea I had five or six years ago," Jeter said prior to Sunday's game against the Mariners. "I grew up a Yankee fan and he was the voice I always heard. There were a few times sprinkled here and there when he wasn't there and it just didn't sound right so I had the idea to record his voice and to always use it as long as I was playing."

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for You can follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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