6 All-Stars for the New York Yankees: Is Derek Jeter Worthy?

Lucas WeickCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2011

NEW YORK - JUNE 14:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on from the bench shortly after being placed on the 15 day disable list during the game against the Texas Rangers on June 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees will be represented by six players in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Arizona. Four of them will be starters; two, reserves.

At second base, Robinson Cano—who has been following up his excellent season in 2010 with a strong first half this year, hitting .292 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI heading into Sunday—will start for the second straight year.

Derek Jeter will make his seventh straight All-Star game, his 12th overall.

Jeter's selection as a starter further proves that the MLB All-Star Game is simply a popularity contest—his numbers are clearly inferior to other AL shortstops like Asdrubal Cabrera or Alexei Ramirez.

As much as I like Jeter, a .260 average, 20 RBI, and a total of 12 extra-base hits just don't seem like All-Star caliber numbers.

A-Rod is back as the starting third baseman after a very good first half, in which he hit .304 with 13 homers and 52 RBI and also scored 51 runs. This will be his 14th All-Star game, tying him with Ivan Rodriguez for the most appearances among active players.

The fourth Yankees starter is Curtis Granderson, who’s making his first All-Star start. Granderson comes into Sunday hitting .276 with 22 home runs and 57 RBI, plus he leads the league in runs (73) and triples (7).

Russell Martin got edged out of the starting catcher spot by Alex Avila of the Tigers, and will make the team as a bench player.

Mariano Rivera will make his 11th All-Star game, as he continues to slam the door game after game, even at the age of 41.

It was surprising to see CC Sabathia not make the team after his great first half of the season, in which he went 11-4 with a 3.04 ERA.

Mark Teixeira was also not added to the team, but that is a little more understandable, considering how many great first basemen there are in the league.

I thought David Robertson—with his 1.08 ERA and 14.4 strikeouts per nine innings—might have a shot, but it's pretty hard to make the team as a setup man. Still, it's been an impressive season thus far for him.

You can catch the All-Star game July 12th on FOX.