MINNEAPOLIS — Spoiler alert! American League manager John Farrell has revealed his tentative plans for Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game and it looks a lot like we might have expected.
Farrell told ESPN Radio's Jon Sciambi in a pregame meeting that Jeter will likely get two at-bats and then take the field in the top of the fourth where he'll be replaced by Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox. That will presumably give the Target Field crowd — and both All-Star sides — a chance to give the New York Yankees shortstop a made-for-TV moment as he disappears into the dugout.
As we wrote earlier this week, two at-bats is more than aging All-Stars usually get in their final Midsummer Classics. If Jeter doesn't get the job done in the leadoff spot against Adam Wainwright — a pitcher he's never faced — he'll get another opportunity against possibly Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Tim Hudson or an NL reliever should manager Mike Matheny go that route.
Is the on-field replacement and departure a bit of overkill? Maybe there are some Yankee haters who will say so, but there's no way Jeter will be allowed to slip quietly into the dugout without a formal and boisterous goodbye. Here's betting it'll land in his top five All-Star moments — unless he does something at the plate Cal Ripken-style an inning or two earlier.
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