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Remembering the Yankees’ best All-Star Game performances

Will Aaron Judge make this list after a trip to South Beach?

Derek Jeter #2

The Yankees had a nice, albeit brief, distraction after their ugly loss on Sunday to celebrate the successes of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Dellin Betances and Luis Severino. All were voted into the All-Star Game in Miami. Obviously, the Yankees have a rich history that bleeds into the Midsummer Classic, and there have been memorable pinstriped performances over the years. Let’s relive some of the best:

The Home Run Derby Champions

The Home Run Derby is part of the All-Star game festivities, so let’s start off with the Bronx Bombers who have lifted the trophy. Tino Martinez was the first Yankee to win the award after his performance in 1997, which was part of the best season of his career. Martinez out-slugged Larry Walker at Jacobs Field using his typical level swing. His longest homer of the night went for 436 feet, the second shortest distance for a champion since they began measuring home runs in 1993.

Jason Giambi, Martinez’s replacement, won the Derby in 2002, his first year in pinstripes. He earned the trophy in an epic showdown with Sammy Sosa. It was a phenomenal contest. The fact that Willie Randolph was pitching to Giambi made for an even sweeter story.

Robinson Cano had a sweet story of his own, taking the 2011 crown with his father pitching to him. Seeing his dad toss a handful of baseballs in the air when he knew his son just won the Derby was very cool to watch. Cano possesses one of the sweetest swings in baseball, and it carried him to a victory over Adrian Gonzalez at Chase Field, making every Yankees Home Run Derby winner a left-hander.

Every Mariano Rivera Appearance

Mo doesn’t get a single All-Star performance to recognize. Instead, it’s worth admiring his entire All-Star resume. In nine career innings, the greatest closer of all time kept an ERA of zero while recording an All-Star Game record four saves. Not too shabby when you’re facing the best hitters in the league.

Babe Ruth (1933)

The Great Bambino hit the first ever All-Star Game home run, which he clubbed in Comiskey Park in 1933. The homer was one of his two hits on the day. He also made a leaping grab at the wall in right field, robbing the National League of a game-tying home run. Thanks to the Babe’s heroics, fellow Yankee Lefty Gomez earned the first-ever win in All-Star Game history after throwing three scoreless innings.

Derek Jeter (2000)

We’ll end with the first Yankee to earn the All-Star Game MVP Award. Jeter did in 2000 thanks to a 3-for-3 performance. He wasn’t event supposed to start at shortstop, but was penciled in after an injury to Alex Rodriguez. Jeter, as he often did, would make the most of his opportunity.

He also had a 3-for-3 performance in the 2004 All-Star Game, and finished with a 2-for-2 performance in his final All-Star Game in 2014, walking away with a career batting average of .481 in 27 career All-Star at-bats.