Xander Bogaerts thankful to be two-time All-Star, despite snub

Gabby Guerard
July 09, 2019 - 3:54 pm

Even though Xander Bogaerts didn’t get voted in as an All-Star, he’s still enjoying the activities with his teammates all the same.

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“It has been nice,” Bogaerts said to reporters of the 2019 MLB All-Star Week. “Being around here with my family and teammates. Playing for the coaching staff that has been with me these last couple years, that makes it more special. On a daily basis, we see them and it’s easier to interact with them because we know them so well.”

Bogaerts is joined by Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Alex Cora, and the entire Red Sox coaching staff. This season, out of all the shortstops in the American League, Bogaerts currently leads the way with 65 RBI, is ranked second overall with 67 runs, and eighth with a batting average of .294.

However, he didn’t wind up in Cleveland the traditional way. 

After not being placed on the original roster, Bogaerts was invited following Angels infielder Tommy La Stella's injury to his right tibia on July 3. Prior to being named a late addition, the Red Sox shortstop was widely considered one of the biggest snubs in baseball. But, the 26-year-old doesn’t seem to be letting the situation take away from his experience.

“I think if you make it in the beginning or make it in the end, it’s still the same amount of special,” Bogaerts said. “It’s just a matter if you deserve it or not. I’m just thankful I got invited and I’m thankful for being part of this.”

If anyone can make that distinction, it’s Bogaerts. Despite being a late addition this year, he knows what it’s like to be voted in as an All Star too, after being named one back in 2016. Though, no matter how many opportunities the two-time All-Star may earn in the future, Bogaerts believes this is an honor that never gets old – regardless of how he gets there.

“I’m very thankful for this one,” he said. “It’s a big moment, each and every one. I don’t care if it’s your first, your fifth or your 10th. I think all are special in their own way. Every player who plays this game would want to be recognized in something like this.”

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.