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Yes, it's somewhat notable Andrew Benintendi lost AL Final Vote

Alex Reimer
July 12, 2018 - 10:32 am

Admittedly, it seems juvenile to write an article about All-Star fan voting. Grown men and women who wasted oxygen pumping up the “#VoteBenny” campaign should be ashamed. But it is somewhat notable, given the Red Sox’ large television and social media reach, that Andrew Benintendi didn’t win the American League Final Vote. Mariners infielder Jean Segura beat out the young and handsome Red Sox left fielder. 

Previously, that would’ve been inconceivable.

From 2002-2007, three Red Sox –– Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek and Hideki Okajima –– were Final Vote candidates. All of them finished first. At the time, the Red Sox were at the height of their popularity, chasing and defending the 2004 World Series title. 

Since then, there have been four Red Sox –– Koji Uehara, Xander Bogaerts (2), Dustin Pedroia and Benintendi –– in the Final Vote race. None of them have won, losing out to the likes of Steve Delabar, Mike Moustakas, Michael Saunders and Segura. 

In fairness, the last four Yankees up for the Final Vote have also lost to many of those players. Nobody would argue the Royals are more popular than the Red Sox and Yankees because one of their players, Moustakas, won the Final Vote award in 2015 and 2017. 

But it does seem to speak to the fervor around a particular player or team. The Red Sox enjoy some of the highest TV ratings in the league, with 6.16 percent of households tuning in on a nightly basis. They’re one of the few MLB teams that enjoys a robust national following. 

Oh, and they have the best record in the league. Yet, Benny Baseball lost out to … Jean Segura? Perhaps Kirk didn’t vote enough during K&C Wednesday. 

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