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Monday, July 05, 2010

In 2001, no Yankees were selected by fans for the All Star game

"After no Yankees were selected by the fans as starters, Torre penciled in Yankees pitchers Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Mike Stanton, along with shortstop Derek Jeter, outfielder Bernie Williams and catcher Jorge Posada.
  • Regarding the selection of Jeter, who has missed games with injuries and is having, for him, a subpar year, Torre said, "Jeter, if I'm not mistaken, did pretty well in the voting, he's hitting close to .300 (.294) and he's a pretty good player. I can't think of anything else to say."

Torre said he picked Stanton over the Mariners' Jeff Nelson, in part, because it would be Stanton's first All-Star Game, and that Pettitte got the nod over Minnesota's Brad Radke because Torre didn't want to pick three Twins starters.

  • Torre received input from American League executive Phyllis Merhige, while National League executive Katy Feeney helped Valentine with his selections.

The AL and NL presidents played a role in the process until baseball eliminated the positions in 1999."...

  • It is said there were no big stars on the 1996-2000 Yankee teams. ed

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