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Several Red Sox players to be on All-Star voting ballot

Connor Donahue
May 30, 2018 - 7:59 pm

Voting for the 89th All-Star game gets underway this Friday and the Red Sox hope to be sending a bevy of players down to Washington D.C. come mid-July.

The voting format will be the same as usual. Fans can vote a total of 35 times with a limit of five ballots in a 24-hour span. Once again, following the announcement of each league’s 32-man roster, fans will be able to vote for the last member of each team in the Final Vote selections.

Pitchers and reserves will once again be chosen through a combination of “Player Ballot” selections and the Commissioner’s Office.

Mookie Betts will most likely headline A.J. Hinch’s starting lineup come July 17. As of May 30, Betts leads Major League Baseball in nine different offensive categories and is a clear early contender for the American League MVP. A selection this season would be the third All-Star selection of Betts’s career.

It looks like J.D. Martinez will battle it out with the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani for the starting nod at designated hitter. Martinez has a strong resume for his second All-Star selection, leading the league in RBI’s (47) and tied with Mike Trout for the lead in home runs at 18.

Andrew Benintendi could find himself in Washington D.C. for his first All-Star Game. He’s hitting .292 in his sophomore campaign with the Red Sox while posting a league-high in triples (5). Xander Bogaerts will be in stiff competition for a spot in the starting lineup. The 25-year-old is hitting .277 on the season with seven home runs and 27 RBI’s.

But in an American League with a number of talented shortstops like Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado and Carlos Correa, those numbers might not be enough to land the starting job for the Midsummer Classic.

Other position players on the ballot include Dustin Pedroia, Mitch Moreland, Christian Vazquez, Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Red Sox could even find some All-Stars on the mound. Chris Sale and David Price seem like starters who will get consideration and Craig Kimbrel is second in the American League (and third in the MLB) in saves, while Joe Kelly is the owner of a 3-0 record with a 1.82 ERA and 27 strikeouts.