"You have to tip your hat to Derek Jeter. That's a guy we look after and it's a great model," said Ramirez through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "I am very pleased to be right next to somebody like that."
In the first round of AL voting released Tuesday, Jeter's vote total sat at 602,525 and Ramirez's at 472,537. Ramirez would be honored to take part in Jeter's final All-Star appearance.
"I admire Derek Jeter as a person and as a player," Ramirez said. "He's a legend. He deserves this more than anything else for everything that he's done in all his career."
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