NEW YORK -- The chants of Derek Jeter's name have been raining down to field level at each of the Yankees' road stops so far this season, so it should be no surprise that the outpouring of affection has translated into fan voting for the All-Star Game.
Jeter is maintaining his lead as the top vote-getter at shortstop (1,376,054), as announced by Major League Baseball on Sunday, though Chicago's Alexei Ramirez (1,212,362) is closing ground for the starting nod.
The Yankees captain recently said that he would consider it an honor to represent the AL at Target Field this summer in what will be his final season as an active player.
"You never know when you're going to get a chance to go, but it's something I think every player would look forward to," said Jeter, who has the sixth-most votes in the American League. "I've appreciated every single one that I've gone to."
Jacoby Ellsbury (813,357) is in the outfield mix, ranking fifth among AL competition at his position. The Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (2,135,223) and the Angels' Mike Trout (1,945,170) are the AL's leading vote-getters; Ellsbury also trails third-place outfielder Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays (1,096,784) and fourth-place outfielder Adam Jones of the Orioles (820,336).
Other Yankees in the mix include first baseman Mark Teixeira (436,504), who ranks fifth behind the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (1,477,420). Carlos Beltran is eighth among AL outfielders (712,154) and Brett Gardner is 13th (453,169).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS
1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,135,223
2. Mike Trout, Angels: 1,945,170
3. Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays: 1,096,784
4. Adam Jones, Orioles: 820,336
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 813,357
6. Yoenis Cespedes, A's: 799,123
7. Michael Brantley, Indians: 720,961
8. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 712,154
9. Nick Markakis, Orioles: 691,023
10. Torii Hunter, Tigers: 666,116
11. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers: 532,267
12. Alex Rios, Rangers: 483,151
13. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 453,169
14. Coco Crisp, A's: 444,433
15. David Lough, Orioles: 396,085