However, Jeter was still voted the American League's starting shortstop for the July 12 All-Star Game at Arizona's Chase Field by a healthy margin, and for that he is grateful.
"Anytime you get voted in by the fans, you appreciate that they have an appreciation for how you play," Jeter said. "That's the way I've always looked at it. I've always considered it an honor. It makes you feel good that people appreciate how you play."
With 4,536,386 votes, Jeter beat out the Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera (4,073,992) to earn his 12th career trip to the Midsummer Classic, and his seventh fan-elected start, including his sixth straight.
Jeter, 37, had been sidelined by a right calf strain since June 14. He returned to action on Monday batting .260 (85-for-262), with nine doubles, a triple, two homers and 20 RBIs in 62 games.
"You're going to have years where your first half is going to be better than others," Jeter said. "This year, I'm not happy with my first half. You still appreciate what the fans think about you, and in that sense, it feels good."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman have said they would have no issue with Jeter playing in the All-Star Game. Hours from taking the field in Cleveland, Jeter said that it was too soon to say for sure if he would.
"Am I going to play? I don't know," Jeter said. "I'm just trying to get out here and play this first game. I can't answer that."