Bud Selig: I’m OK With Derek Jeter’s All-Star No-Show

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mr. 3,000, Derek Jeter, has a fan in MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

Selig backed Jeter’s decision not to play in Tuesday night’s All-Star game, a 5-1 win for the National League. The Yankees captain came off the disabled list last week and got his 3,000th hit Saturday.

“There isn’t a player that I’m more proud of in the last 15 years than Derek Jeter,” Selig said before the game during a question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “He has played the game like it should be played. He’s even been a better human being off the field as great as he is on the field.”

Jeter said he needed to rest because of the calf injury that had sidelined him, though according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the shortstop’s decision was due to “emotional and physical exhaustion” from his pursuit of the milestone.

“Any concerns I keep hearing about Derek Jeter isn’t here. I respect that. And I must tell you, I think I’d have made the same decision that Derek Jeter did,” said Selig. “So any suggestion to the contrary, Derek Jeter has brought to this sport great pride. He’s become a role model, earned it and is still earning it.”

So Selig is OK with Jeter’s decision — but many fans were disappointed.

“Derek Jeter… get your (butt) to the All-Star game,” WFAN’s Craig Carton said yesterday morning. “End of conversation.”

“I do believe, as a ballplayer, if you have no injuries, you should be here,” said Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. “The fans are the ones that vote for you and want to see you here.”

There were also a few players on Jeter’s side.

“He always said yes to the All-Star game,” David Ortiz said. “I think he has the right to, whenever he needs a break you know, to pull himself together, especially coming off an injury. I think people need to respect that.”

“The guy just got his 3,00th hit, so give him a break, seriously,” said Oakland Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez. “He’s coming off the DL, played a bunch of games, he deserves a little bit of rest to get his body right and I think everybody should respect that.”

Did Derek make the right move? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Ming Cheng

    Anyone who had injuries, would understand how tiring trying to come back. He is not average citizen, he has to play the game at a very high level, which requires even more work. Exhaustion and fatigue are all part of it. As a Yankees fan, I am all for Jeter resting to get ready for 2nd half.

  • Scott

    Have you seen the tribute to Jeter on MLB.com website? Take a look, it is exceptional. Only one word should be said about Jeter ‘REMARKABLE”.

  • dabooch

    Raspy joe buck, must be a cancer victim, threw DJ under the bus backed up and ran him over again.

  • Big John

    I woke up this morning and happy to see that the end of the world did not come due to Jeter not playing in the All-Star Game. What a relief this was. From all the b@tching you girls have done on this site you would think it would have happened

    Also, A token appearance during introductions is what the old timers like Williams, Mays & Aaron do you moron.

    Get over it. Life goes on & it’s time you move on with yours.

  • susan

    no problem at all with him not being there- ASG is meaningless, cross country round trip flight. and it would not have just entailed a “token appearance” at the game- the demands on his time are always enormous. I’m sure that if he did not even comply with one interview request the same people complaining about him not being there would be complaining that he did not do enough.

  • Shamrock

    Bud, I’m glad to see that you’re ok with it but let me get the facts straight first. 1) He was elected to the game by the fans, 2) the all-star game is for the fans, 3) you decided to give the game meaning by awarding home field advantage in the WS to the league that wins the game, 4) Jeter claims physical and emotional exhaustion as his reasons for skipping the game, 5) Jeter collects a sweet bonus for being elected to the game, 6) he was healthy enough on saturday to pursue an individual achievement.

    A token appearance during introductions would hardly have been much to ask from such an ambassador of the game. I have always admired Derek Jeter’s play and how he handles his business off the field but this is ridiculous. Did Ted Williams cry tired when he was wheeled out for us to see? No, he was there for the other players and the fans that adored him.

  • Brett

    I have zero problem with it. He’s coming off an injury. I’d rather see him skip the all star game than games that count while his team is in a playoff race.

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